Dental sealants are a proactive dental solution often recommended to safeguard teeth against decay. Composed of a transparent or tooth-colored resin material, these sealants are meticulously applied to the chewing surfaces of teeth. Their primary function is to create a barrier that effectively obstructs bacteria and food particles, which are the main culprits behind tooth decay. By doing so, dental sealants play a pivotal role in averting the development of cavities and decay.
The application of a dental sealant entails coating the natural crevices and recesses found on the surface of teeth. This simple step not only seals off potential breeding grounds for decay but also renders tooth cleaning more efficient during regular brushing sessions. Our dentists and team can apply your sealants in just one comfortable visit – in fact, they can often be completed during your regular dental checkups!
While dental sealants are often recommended for children, particularly as soon as their permanent molars erupt (typically between 6 and 12 years of age), adults who possess teeth prone to decay or those with a history of decay may also benefit from this preventive measure. Once in place, sealants will last for several years to provide long-lasting protection for your teeth and smile.
For more information about dental sealants in Asheville, North Carolina, and to schedule an appointment with Dr. Wendy Willoughby or Dr. Teresa Bare, please contact Chestnut Family Dentistry today at 828-255-0936. Your oral health is our top priority, and we are dedicated to providing you with the preventive care you need to maintain a healthy smile throughout your life.