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Sealants in Raleigh

The back teeth are commonly susceptible to trapping bacteria, especially in children with developing teeth. Dental sealants are plastic, acrylic coatings that can be painted onto the surfaces of the back teeth to protect them from trapping bacteria.

The grooves and depressions of the molars and premolars can sometimes create a concave surface that is too deep or narrow to clean effectively with the bristles on your toothbrush. Over time, bacteria and plaque can buildup in this area. If left there to develop, it can lead to other issues like damage or decay.

Dental sealants consist of plastic, acrylic materials that coat the chewing (occlusal) surfaces of the molars and premolars. This coating smoothes the surfaces to prevent bacteria from getting trapped, while still allowing you to chew, eat or speak as you would normally. A dental sealant procedure usually begins with us cleaning the pits or grooves of the back teeth first, to make sure that no bacteria or decay gets trapped underneath the sealant. The occlusal surfaces are then prepared by applying an etching gel, to roughen the surfaces a bit. This allows for a more conducive bonding process. Once the tooth has dried, the liquid sealant is painted on, then hardened and bonded with a light. Dental sealants are clear or white, and typically perfectly match your teeth, giving you an effective solution without compromising your smile.

If you’d like to learn more about dental sealants, or if you think you or your child may need one, please give us a call at (919) 355-5331 to schedule an appointment today.

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"Dr. Patel and his staff are knowledgeable, professional, and absolutely wonderful. As a person who has, for years, experienced anxiety when faced with trips to the dentist, I am delighted to have found this practice. Not only is Dr. Patel personable and likable, he very clearly explains his recommendations and uses up-to-date x-ray and photo technology to show his patients what he sees during his thorough examination."

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"My dental experience with Dr. Patel has been nothing but amazing. He took time to explain any concerns and questions i had. He actually took time to make me understand the cause of my problem and told me what to do to prevent it from happening again. Most doctors just fix the problem and let you go until it happens again. He is very gentle and knowledgeable. I would absolutely recommend going to Dr. Patel. Going to his office feels like I'm stepping in a spa at first. All the dental anxiety is forgot as soon as i see Dr. Patel's caring personality."

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