What Are Dental Sealants?

What Are Dental Sealants

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Teaching your children about the importance of brushing their teeth and making sure that they do it frequently is extremely important for their oral hygiene. However, recent studies have shown that the new best way to ensure that your child develops cavities, they are called dental sealants.

A report from the CDC has praised the benefits of this relatively simple and inexpensive procedure in children. A Dental sealant is a thin coating applied to the teeth in order to protect them from getting cavities.

Once your child’s permanent teeth have come out, the dentist in Chapel Hill NC is going to suggest you put on dental sealants on their back teeth. If you have ever seen your molars closely and have seen this sort of white fillings in its grooves, dental sealants look a little something like that.

If you are considering getting dental sealants for your children or getting them for yourself or you have read about them somewhere and want to know more, continue reading our article as we try to explain what dental sealants are, what they are good for, pros, and cons.


Dental sealants are made of a special kind of plastic material. The idea is that the coating covers the teeth’s fissures preventing sugar, acids, and bacteria from getting into your teeth and causing tooth decay. Dental sealants work like a protective shield around the tooth keeping destructive bacteria out from the vulnerable parts of the teeth, preventing cavities o caries from developing, adding an extra layer of protection.

Plaque is a slippery thing it can get virtually anywhere in your teeth and turn into tartar dental sealants make it incredibly difficult for it to stick to your teeth.


It is a common practice to have dental sealants put on a child’s back teeth (the molars) as soon as they have fully grown. The main idea behind dental sealants is to fill in the pits located on top of the teeth before tooth decay sets in. Protecting the molars as soon as they come out it’s of the utmost importance it helps to reduce the chances of getting cavities or other more aggressive dental conditions.

Even though dental sealants tend to be applied during childhood, the procedure can also be done in adults later in life in case they haven’t had it as children or if pits and grooves start to develop in the teeth where there were none before.


Before the dental sealants are applied your teeth will be thoroughly clean by your dentist using a polish and a brush. The teeth are then rinsed with water, dried, and an acidic solution is applied.

The purpose of the acidic solution is to provide a better grip for the sealant to hold on to. After the solution is applied, the next step is to apply the layer of sealant directly to the tooth’s fissures. By using a special light the sealant is set in place, once it has hardened your tooth is ready to chew.


Dental sealants have been designed to last for years, in most cases a lifetime unless the tooth is damaged. In that case, a replacement sealant will be put in place after the tooth have been treated.


Once the dental sealant has been put in place, it requires no further special treatment. As long as you have proper oral hygiene habits that should be enough to keep your dental sealants functioning properly.

When done properly your dental sealants will generate no discomfort, however, should you start feeling pain even after a few days, go back to your dentist and notify him about your problem.

Dental sealants can be applied by any dentist all you have to do is set up an appointment with yours. If you are still having doubts about them, talk to your dentist to get a more technical explanation on how they worked.

Are you looking for a “dentist near me” in Chapel Hill? Dr. Durusky offers all dental services, call today at (919) 595-1010 to schedule an appointment.

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If you have any questions about our dental services, please contact Cornerstone Chapel Hill Family Dentistry at:

Mail: 401 Providence Road Suite 101 Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Phone: (919) 595-1010
Email: contact@cornerstonedentistrync.com