To help protect teeth against tooth decay, Dr. Morrison may recommend dental sealants. A sealant is a thin, plastic coating painted on the chewing surfaces of teeth, usually the back teeth (the premolars and molars). These are the teeth that are most vulnerable to cavities and decay because they are used in the chewing process, and are the most difficult to reach and clean. Typically, sealants are placed on the back teeth as soon as they erupt to ensure they are protected early. Molars first come in at around 5-7 years of age, with a second set coming in between the ages of 11-14.
Placing dental sealants in our office is simple, fast, and comfortable, and can be done in just one visit. Dr. Morrison will clean and dry the tooth, then paint on the resin sealant material. The sealant quickly bonds into the depressions and grooves of the teeth, forming a protective shield over the enamel and effectively blocking out food particles and bacteria that cause decay. The dental sealant also forms a smoother surface on the tooth, which is easier for you to keep clean and further helps to prevent tooth decay. For more information on the benefits of dental sealants, talk with Dr. Morrison or your Dental Hygienist at your next visit, or call our dental practice today at (919) 755-3450.