Prevention of any type of illness, disease, or condition is the ultimate path to choose. Tooth decay is the most common oral health concern that affects millions of people each year in the United States. Most of those who suffer from cavities will tell you that they brush their teeth regularly, thus they are surprised to find that they have a cavity when they visit the dentist. Brushing (and flossing!!) are often not enough to protect the teeth from decay, especially when the back teeth are concerned. One of the most common spots for tooth decay to develop is in the premolars and molars. These teeth have deep grooves and pits that make them highly susceptible to cavities. Dental sealants are a preventive dental procedure that protects these vulnerable teeth.
Dental sealants are thin, plastic coatings that are painted onto the surfaces of the premolars and molars to literally “seal out” tooth decay. Because the deep fissures and grooves of these back teeth are difficult to keep clean, dental sealants can be applied to seal these teeth and protect them. Dental sealants work like a shield to block food particles and bacteria from becoming trapped in the back teeth and causing cavities and further decay.
Dental sealants are easy, quick, and painless in their application. Once the teeth are thoroughly cleaned, they are dried and prepared for sealants. The application of painting on the sealant material and hardening it with a special curing light takes approximately two minutes per tooth. There is no downtime associated with dental sealants, making them one of the easiest dental treatments available. Children and adults alike can benefit from dental sealants, as everyone’s back teeth are susceptible to cavities.
At Muccioli Dental we are proud to offer dental sealants for all of our patients. Most dental insurance plans do not cover the cost of dental sealants, but their effectiveness for blocking out decay makes them worth any out of pocket cost. Dental sealants are much cheaper than treatment for cavities and extensive decay! Contact Muccioli Dental today to learn more about dental sealants and to schedule an appointment.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Randy Muccioli, Muccioli Dental
Muccioli Dental - Johns Creek Dentist
6300 Hospital Pkwy, Suite 275
Johns Creek, Georgia 30097
Phone: (678) 389-9955