About Dental Sealants
A dental sealant is a tooth colored protective coating that is applied to the chewing surface (the top) of the molars and premolars. The objective is to prevent bacteria and other debris from settling in the pits and grooves of your teeth and leading to decay. Dental sealants provide enamel with additional protection from acid and plaque for greater cavity prevention. Sealants are safe, popular, and effective solution for protecting healthy teeth or even teeth especially susceptible to decay. Children can be great candidates for reaping the benefits of sealants as they can help protect the crevices that can be missed even by the most thorough brushing. When the back molars and even premolars come in some have deep grooves that can’t easily be cleaned with a toothbrush. The white material in the sealant flows into the deep grooves making it easier to keep the teeth clean and eliminating the easy hiding places where food, plaque, and bacteria tend to grow. At Yancho Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Traverse City, MI, sealants are easily applied by board-certified dentist, Dr. Phillip Yancho, requiring only a few minutes to seal each tooth. The composite material blends in with the natural teeth and contains no mercury.
"Phillip C. Yancho, D.D.S., Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, Traverse City, is more than a name or a dental practice. It is the gold standard of service, treatment, and care. From our very first phone call to the on-going dental experience, we are always in the hands of a friendly, professional family. Dental hygiene, education, and a spectrum of dental care give us good health. Even the front and back office staff are the best.Having relocated several times, we are delighted to have found a practice that uses not only the latest technology and diagnostics, but also engages the friendliest professionals among all our medical and service providers. In Traverse City, a mecca for excellent medical services, that is high praise."- R.H. / Google / Mar 17, 2017
"I have been seeing Dr. Phil Yancho for 30 years. Yes I am old. I've had a lot of dentists as well because our family has moved a lot. I would recommend Phil highly to anyone that wants a professional, kind and honest dentist.You will be glad you gave him a try!"- J.B. / Yelp / Jul 23, 2017
"Went in for a few fillings today. Not only did I not feel Dr. Yancho administer the numbing shot, but I actually dozed off a few times while getting the filling. It was by far the best dentist/filling expirence I've had by far!!"- I.W. / Healthgrades / Jul 19, 2017
"I have been going to Dr. Yancho bi-annually for 18 years. And it's not just me. My entire family has been going to him throughout the years for a wide spectrum of dental issues. He is easily the best dentist I have ever had. His whole practice is extremely friendly and professional. I would give the practice 10 stars if I could. It's a shame that I no longer live in Traverse City and it's hard for me to get back for my 6 month cleanings. Regardless, Dr. Yancho referred me to a website for NY-based licensed dentists. Nothing beats the best though."- A.Z. / Yelp / Jun 01, 2017
"I have been a lifelong dental phobe cursed with problem teeth. It took me 8 years in California to find a dentist I was comfortable with and trusted. When we moved to Northern Michigan I was terrified to begin the hunt for a great dentist again but the tooth gods smiled down on me two years ago and I found Dr. Yancho. All those 5 star reviews? Believe them! I have had dental implants, cosmetic restorations, and fillings all performed by him and they were all a walk in the park for me. He is gentle, reassuring, knowledgeable and skillful. The staff is fantastic and seems almost like a family. Visit this practice just once and you will never want to see anyone else, I guarantee it."- P.D. / Google / Feb 14, 2017
What to Expect
Sealant is a fairly easy procedure that involves plastic resin being painted on the premolars or molars, where it bonds to the tooth and hardens. The sealant fills in and fits into the grooves of the teeth, creating a comfortable, protective barrier. As a preventative method to prevent decay or even tooth lose, sealants work to maintain the health of the tooth for years. The dentist will determine if sealant is a good option for each patient during their consultation and if needed, will schedule a procedure date. Once the sealant has hardened on the tooth, the patient can continue with their regular routine.
Patients can anticipate returning to their regular routines immediately following the procedure. The dentist will provide them with any special instructions before they leave our office. To ensure optimal oral health, patients should maintain a regular oral hygiene routine that includes brushing twice a day, using mouthwash, and flossing. It is also recommended that you continue to schedule annual examinations and bi-annual teeth cleanings.
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Protecting your teeth from cavities, decay, and disease is our main priority. If you believe that sealant might be the best treatment option to fulfill your dental hygiene needs, contact our office immediately to schedule your consultation with the dentist.