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(404) 262-7733

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4405 Northside Pkwy NW Ste 110

Atlanta GA 30327

Dental Sealant

Guard Your Teeth Against Decay

REAL People. REAL Smiles.

Why live with uncomfortable and costly dental issues when you can seal off potential problems before they start? Invest in preventative dental care. Dental sealants protect tooth enamel by creating a shield for your teeth. This reduces the risk of tooth decay and the need for dental remediation due to cavities or decay.  

Atlanta Smiles offers preventative dental solutions, including dental sealants. We provide expert care for adult and pediatric patients in the Atlanta area.

What Are Dental Sealants?

Dental sealants offer a proven and effective preventative treatment option. A dental professional applies a protective plastic film to the tooth fissures. This application seals the area to guard against tooth decay on the chewing surface of the teeth. The film is a simple resin material like the material used for tooth-colored fillings. 

Often, pediatric patients receive dental sealants as a foundation for good oral health. However, many adult patients also benefit from the protection offered through dental sealants.

What Causes Tooth Decay?

The molars and premolars in the back of our mouths have deep grooves or fissures on the chewing surfaces where tooth decay can form. Even with good oral health practices, some patients experience cavities over time.

Common causes of tooth decay:

  • Frequently eating sugary, acidic, or sticky foods
  • Receding gums or gum disease
  • Wear and tear that comes with aging
  • Poor dental hygiene
  • Dry mouth
  • Cracks or other damage to teeth

 

 Bacterial plaque infiltrates the deep fissures in the tooth’s enamel. Unfortunately, toothbrush bristles and fluoride commonly miss these hard-to-reach grooves, inhibiting the natural protection of our teeth from our saliva. This simultaneously aids in plaque accumulation and results in the loss of minerals in the teeth, leading to tooth decay.

Why Is It Important to Prevent Tooth Decay?

Tooth decay can lead to significant health problems for the entire body. Plus, tooth decay cannot resolve without professional intervention. Dental procedures to remove and repair decay are costly. Even the best treatments for decay aren’t as good as preventing decay before it starts.

 Potential impacts of unresolved tooth decay:

  • Infection
  • Pain
  • Costly dental procedures
  • Lost teeth
  • Cracked teeth
  • Chewing or speech problems 

 

Build a barrier against the risk of tooth decay with dental sealants.

Frequent Questions

Dental sealants prevent bacteria from infiltrating the deep grooves in the teeth. It also provides a smooth surface for toothbrushes to clean easier and improves the natural protection of the saliva. 

The seamless design of sealants allows them to flow into the deep grooves of your teeth. Dental sealants offer a genuinely painless and beneficial method of tooth decay prevention.

It only takes a few minutes for your Atlanta Smiles dentist or hygienist to apply a sealant to a tooth. The process is pain-free and usually only requires one dental visit. We can apply sealants to multiple teeth during the same appointment.

Step 1 – Clean Teeth

First, we thoroughly clean and dry the teeth receiving the sealant. It’s essential to remove any food particles or bacteria before applying the sealant. 

Step 2 – Apply Acidic Gel

We apply an acidic gel to the area where the sealant will go. The acid creates a rough surface for the sealant to attach and form a solid and lasting bond.

Step 3 – Apply Sealant

Then, we apply the sealant to the fissures in the clean and dry teeth. Finally, we use a blue light to harden the sealant and form the protective layer on the teeth.

 

Dental sealants offer many benefits for patients of all ages.

  • Pain-free procedure
  • Quick application time
  • Effective protection against decay
  • Safe for children
  • Long-lasting
  • Avoid costly dental treatments for decay 

Contact Atlanta Smiles to protect your teeth against the risk of cavities.

Sealants are most beneficial to kids and teenagers. Younger patients that protect their teeth early can potentially avoid future dental issues caused by unprotected tooth fissures. 

 

Many kids get sealants on their molars and premolars shortly after they come in to establish protection when they are most vulnerable. Even smaller children may benefit from sealants on their baby teeth. It is imperative to keep baby teeth healthy, so they don’t come out too early, as they are pivotal in providing the proper spacing in preparation for adult teeth.  

Adults without any existing tooth decay or fillings are also good candidates for dental sealants. Invest in added protection to maintain the health of your teeth. A tooth with existing decay cannot receive dental sealant in children or adults.

Under proper care and monitoring, a dental sealant can last for up to 10 years—schedule regular dental cleanings and checkups to monitor the condition of the sealants. Wear and tear, or chipping can occur over time—schedule reapplication for worn or chipped dental sealants.

Practice good dental hygiene for best results. A dental sealant offers a simple and affordable long-term solution to prevent dental problems before they even start.

Yes! The American Dental Association ascertains the safety of dental sealants for use in children and adults. When applied by an experienced professional like our Atlanta Smiles team, patients experience safe and effective results.

Dental sealants cost significantly less than the costs associated with dental procedures to repair decay. Some dental insurance plans cover part of the costs of dental sealants. Check with your insurance provider regarding the specific coverage for your policy.

Why Choose Atlanta Smiles for Dental Sealants?

For over 20 years, Atlanta Smiles has provided trusted dentistry services for patients throughout the Atlanta area. We care about our patients and have a passion for creating beautiful smiles. This starts with good oral health. Dental sealants help patients protect and maintain healthy teeth.

Contact Atlanta Smiles today to discuss whether dental sealants are the right solution for you.

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On the chewing surfaces of our back teeth (our molars and premolars), there are deep grooves or fissures where tooth decay can often start.  Because of the anatomy of the deep fissures in the tooth’s enamel, bacterial plaque can infiltrate these areas.  However, toothbrush bristles and fluoride cannot often get into these hard-to-reach grooves.  This environment, therefore, inhibits the natural protection of our teeth from our saliva, and simultaneously aids in plaque accumulation, thus resulting in the loss of minerals in the teeth and consequently, decay. Dental sealants can help.

How Dental Sealants Can Help Prevent Tooth Decay

Dental sealants are considered a preventative treatment wherein a protective plastic film is professionally applied to the fissures to ‘seal’ the area.  This film is simply a resin material similar to that used for tooth-colored fillings.  It only takes a few minutes in the dental chair for a dentist or hygienist to apply a sealant to a tooth.  The sealant then serves as a blockage for bacteria, thus preventing it from infiltrating those deep grooves in the tooth.  It also provides a smooth surface that is easily cleaned by your toothbrush bristles and can naturally be protected by your saliva.  Another plus about sealants is their design.  When applied, they flow easily into the deep grooves of our teeth, without any need of prior removal of tooth structure.  They are a truly painless and beneficial method of tooth decay prevention.

Candidates for Sealants

Sealants are most beneficial to kids and teenagers because they can help prevent bigger problems in the future that could potentially be caused by the existence of those tooth fissures.  Many kids get sealants on their molars and premolars shortly after they come in, so as to protect them from cavities during those years they are most susceptible.  Even smaller children may benefit from having sealants applied to their baby teeth.  It is imperative to keep those baby teeth healthy so they don’t come out too early, as they are pivotal in providing the proper spacing in preparation for kids’ adult teeth.  Especially if your child’s baby teeth have deep grooves or fissures, it is smart to talk now to your dentist about whether the application of sealants would be a good preventative measure.  However, some adults are also good candidates for dental sealants.  If you do not have any existing tooth decay or fillings, sealants may be a good solution for you, too.

Durability

Under proper care and monitoring, dental sealants can last for up to 10 years.  That’s a decade of decay prevention!  Of course, it is imperative to have it checked by your dentist for wear and tear and possible chipping at your regular semi-annual cleanings.  With the right maintenance, a dental sealant can be a simple and affordable long-term solution for a problem before it even has a chance to start!  Ask your hygienist or dentist at your next check-up if you are a good candidate for dental sealants.