Dental Sealants

Introduction to Dental Sealants

Dental sealants are protective thin barriers that protect patients from cavities. The acids that are generated after eating and drinking and bacteria cause cavities. However, Sealants, by covering the upper surface of premolars and molars, prevent the accumulation of food debris and bacteria in the deep grooves of this teeth.

When to get sealants?

Sealants are ideal for young children to apply as soon as their permanent premolars and molars first erupt. Children are more prone to developing decay due inadequate brushing skills and having a diet that is more prone to leaving food stuck on teeth for longer periods of time. Sometimes these sealants may even need to be applied to anterior teeth if they have deep pits or grooves.

Children develop molar when they are 6 and 12 years old. Therefore, even if you have applied sealants on their molars at the age of 6, you may have to redo the process at the age of 12 to save them for the cavities. However, adults who are at a high risk of developing cavities can also do this procedure.

Advantages of Dental Sealants

Ideal cover against plaque

The food particles usually settle inside the pits and fissures of the molars, forming plaque. By covering them with a thin protective coating, it prevents the occurrence of cavities. It also saves you from other expensive procedures like a filling or sometimes even a root canal.

Easy application

The application of the sealant is painless. A brush is used to clean the grooves and pits, following which, a liquid resin is applied. This is then activated using a light. After it dries, the patient can continue on with their day. This simple procedure is usually completed in a few short minutes.

More durable than other solutions

Though the application is easy, the durability is not low. They can protect the teeth for a long period of time. The sealants do not come off easily. They may need to be reapplied periodically.

Low maintenance

Even if the sealants get chipped, they can be easily fixed. The patient does not need to follow any special routine to maintain them.

Cost-effective and time-saving

The best part about applying dental sealants is that you don’t have to worry about the cavities. Also, it take very little time to complete the procedure. Therefore, it is the most convenient method to help prevent cavities.

The benefit of insurance

Being a preventive measure, you may get it covered in your insurance. This means you do not typically have a large out of pocket cost for this procedure. However, we will always verify with your insurance company before a procedure is completed.

Improves overall oral health

Due to fewer food particles sticking in the mouth, you oral health will improve. If you follow a proper oral health routine along with the application of dental sealants. It will prevent your mouth from developing decay and will keep your teeth healthy.

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Get in touch with Western Piedmont Dental today if you are looking for dental sealants practice in Rutherford College, Valdese, or Connelly Springs. We provide complete dental health care for kids, teens, adults, and seniors. With us, you can rest assured knowing that you just have to visit one dental practice for oral health care needs of your whole family. For any queries or further information, call us at 828-874-3678.


Dental crowns and bridges are a fixed prosthetic device which are cemented onto your existing teeth, just like a cap, and strengthen the damaged tooth from every side. Today, they are often made with porcelain that will make it look like your natural teeth.

  • If you have a significant gap between your natural teeth, then crowning can easily fill that gap, making it look more naturally beautiful.
  • If you have a weak tooth, crowning can protect it from possible fracturing.
  • Yellowness or discolored tooth can easily be covered with ceramic or porcelain crowns.
  • If you have one or multiple poorly shaped teeth, then a dental crown is the best option.
  • If you had a root canal treatment in the past, you can easily cover it up with a dental crown.

The tooth is one of the most ignored elements of our appearance, and when not taken complete care of, it can undergo serious health issues. Whether you have suffered from any kind of tooth decay or damage to your teeth in the past, losing a part of your one or multiple teeth could be very devastating, especially when you are surrounded by the public. Dental bridges or crowns will help you to regain the smile that you deserve.

Once you discuss all the necessities with the professionals, we schedule a date and time for your dental procedure. First of all, your teeth must be reduced in size so that the crown or bridges can easily fit over your teeth, also maintaining the natural shape and size of your original teeth.

Once your teeth are reduced significantly, professionals will take an impression of your teeth for the making of exact size mold for crown or bridges. This impression is then sent to the dental lab, and your crown or bridge is made with the complete instruction about the material specified by the professionals, which will be then permanently cemented over your prepared tooth.

Once your teeth size will be reduced, and the dental impression will be sent to the lab, a temporary crown or bridge will be put to cover your natural teeth, which will then be replaced with the permanent ones on your next sitting.