Sealants play a key role in preventing tooth decay and maintaining good oral health. For dental sealants in Rock Hill, SC, make an appointment with Culp Dental to learn if this is the right solution for you or your child.
Sealants are resin (plastic) coatings that are applied to deep, inaccessible pits and fissures in teeth, such as the chewing surfaces on back molars, which cannot be cleaned easily with a toothbrush. The goal is to prevent food particles and plaque from becoming embedded in those spaces and causing cavities.
The likelihood of developing decay in fissures of the molars begins early, which is why children and teenagers usually have sealants applied. However, adults without decay or fillings in their molars can also benefit from sealants.
The dentists at Culp Dental paint the sealant onto your tooth enamel, where it bonds to the chewing surfaces of the tooth and hardens. The sealant acts as a barrier by protecting the enamel from plaque and acids. While sealants last several years, your dentist checks their condition during regular exams, and if necessary, they can be reapplied.