A dental sealant is a plastic coating that is painted onto the chewing surface of a tooth to seal deep grooves and help prevent decay-causing bacteria from penetrating the enamel. The material is hardened using a special light to form a smooth surface that is easier to clean.
Sealants vs. Fillings
Tooth enamel is the hardest structure in the body. Once decay has penetrated the enamel and a filling is required, this compromises the strength of the tooth.
- Even though the tooth has been treated with a filling, it will require follow up to monitor for recurrence of decay, and, eventually the filling will need to be replaced as it wears due to age.
- Unlike dental fillings, sealants do not require drilling or removal of tooth structure. They are easily replaced, and are a great preventive procedure for children to help protect permanent teeth. No drilling also means no shots!
With proper maintenance, sealants can last for years. We will check your child’s sealants at your regular checkup appointments, and can re-apply the sealant material if necessary.
- Adults may also benefit from having sealants placed on healthy teeth surfaces to improve resistance to destructive bacteria.
Prevention is the key to long term dental health - be sure to ask about Dental Sealants at your next visit!
Alicia G. Rodriguez, DDS, PA General, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
18 Johnston Boulevard, Asheville, North Carolina 28806
Phone: 828.254.1561 Fax: 828.254.1599