Dental Sealants Huntersville, NC
At Lake Norman Dentistry, we use dental sealants as a way to protect teeth and prevent cavities. If you live in Huntersville, NC or the surrounding area, we encourage you to call (704) 895-3858 and schedule an appointment with our dental office. We can examine you and your family before letting you know if dental sealants are the right preventative care solution for your teeth.
A Proactive Approach to Tooth Decay
Protecting your and your child’s oral health from tooth decay may be easier than you’d think. Preventive measures like routine dental visits and a consistent at-home oral hygiene routine are much gentler on the body. However, for patients whose teeth may be susceptible to tooth decay, our family dentist, Dr. Guice, may recommend a dental sealant as extra protection against cavities.
At Lake Norman Dentistry, we use dental sealants as a way to protect teeth and prevent cavities. If you’re a North Carolina patient in Charlotte, Cornelius, Lowesville, or the surrounding areas, we invite you to learn more about this effective and simple preventative care solution for your teeth.
What are Dental Sealants?
Dental sealants are an incredibly thin plastic coating our dentist brushes onto the chewing surfaces of your molars or back teeth to prevent tooth decay. These teeth specifically allow you to break down food thanks to their grooves and peaks. However, food can easily become trapped inside the deep ridges on the chewing surfaces, leading to an increased risk of decay. These areas can be incredibly difficult to thoroughly clean which is why we prevent food and plaque buildup by sealing these ridges.
By preventing food and plaque from becoming stuck in your teeth, the risk of developing cavities is significantly reduced, as it becomes much harder for bacteria to gather. As a result, you and your family may experience less tooth decay, fewer cavities, and the need for dental restorations. This means fewer costly dental appointments.
Dental Sealant Process
The process of placing dental sealants can be done in just one visit to our dentist and is easy, fast, and comfortable. There is no drilling or invasive preparation involved, and the sealant itself doesn’t cause any irritation. Dental sealants are truly an easy and convenient way to prevent cavities.
When you visit our Huntersville, NC dental office, our family dentist Dr. Guice will begin by conducting a thorough examination and taking detailed X-rays of your teeth to see how deep the grooves of your teeth are. This also allows us to check for any signs of tooth decay and other issues, like periodontal disease and oral cancer.
Afterward, we’ll thoroughly clean your teeth before applying a gel to the surface of the tooth that will help the sealant stick. Once the gel dries, our hygienists will rinse and dry your tooth again before finally placing the dental sealants. The sealant is literally painted onto the tooth and sometimes dried with a special dental light. The process only takes a couple of minutes per tooth and is so easy that our patients are usually surprised by how quickly it’s done.
Following placement, we have found that our patients don’t even notice them because dental sealants are completely clear. If you run your tongue along your teeth, you may be able to feel a slight difference but they are smooth and will not feel uncomfortable in any way.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Can adults get dental sealants?
Both children and adults can get dental sealants. However, this procedure is most commonly performed on children that have not yet suffered from tooth decay (at least on the tooth or teeth in question). If you or someone in your family has deep ridges in your teeth, this can be a beneficial solution for maintaining optimal oral health.
How long do dental sealants last?
At Lake Norman Dentistry, we have found that sealants typically last for five to ten years. They’re incredibly effective in shielding against harmful bacteria, but we’ll want to monitor them during regular dental examinations.
Naturally, there are certain things like chewing on pencils or biting down on ice that can wear down the dental sealant so it is important to make safe and healthy choices regarding what’s put in the mouth. If we see that the sealant is wearing down, we may recommend replacing it so that you or your children can continue to benefit from this layer of protection.
Get Enhanced Tooth Protection Today
At Lake Norman Dentistry, we’ll examine you and your children's teeth before letting you know if sealants are a good solution for you. We can provide you with all of the information you need to make an educated decision to get started.
We proudly help North Carolina families in Charlotte, Cornelius, Lowesville, and the surrounding areas keep their teeth well protected with dental sealants. Call our office in Huntersville, NC at (704) 895-3858 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Guice or fill out our convenient online contact form and one of our team members will get back to you shortly.
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Definition of Dental Terminology
- Cosmetic Dentistry
- Cosmetic dentistry is generally used to refer to any dental work that improves the appearance (though not necessarily the function) of a person's teeth, gums and/or bite.
- Tooth decay is when the enamel of the tooth begins to decay and cause erosion from plaque and tartar on the teeth.
- Dental Caries
- Dental caries is also known as cavities and result from a lack of proper oral hygiene leaving plaque that forms tiny holes in the teeth.
- Dental Checkup
- A dental checkup is an appointment that involves cleaning the teeth, identifying any signs of infection and removing said signs of infection at least once every six months in the office.
- Dental Filling
- A dental filling involves restoring the structure of the tooth by using metal, alloy, porcelain or plastic to fill the tooth.
- Dental Prophylaxis
- A dental prophylaxis is a professional and detailed cleaning that involves the removal of plaque, calculus and stains from the teeth.
- Dental Sealants
- Dental sealants contain a resinous material that we apply to the chewing surfaces of the posterior teeth to prevent dental caries.
- A dentist, also known as a dental surgeon, is a doctor who specializes in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases and conditions of the oral cavity.
- Gingivitis is the inflammation of gum tissue that results from plaque, other infections in the mouth and poor oral hygiene.
- Preventive Dentistry
- Preventive dentistry is the dentistry that focuses on maintaining oral health in order to prevent the spread of plaque, the formation of tartar and infections in the mouth.
- Tartar forms when plaque builds up on the surface of the teeth and calcifies into a hard surface that is much more difficult to remove and will require professional treatment.
- Tooth Enamel
- Tooth enamel is the protective visible outer surface of a tooth that contains the dentin and dental pulp.
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