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
"My parents took me here as a kid and I can't remember really ever having a complaint as a kid. After nearly a decade's lapse in dental work with no more parents' insurance and just all in all being anxious at the dentist and unable to ever calm my twitching muscles and nerves, I had some tooth pain and decay that was out of control and went with the cheapest option I could find on google's "Dentist's near me." I got what I paid for: A rushed job, treated like just another num...ber, stuck in the waiting room for an hour multiple times... I went back to Dr. Yancho after almost another year of hesitancy after that. What a world of difference. First off, for those just looking for this: When it's advertised as, "Pain free" this practice means it. I just had a total of 6 fillings done in the course of a month and didn't feel a bit of pain the entire time. The work is so well done that after the numbness wears off, even the soreness and potential pain you're expecting is minimal to absolutely nothing. And speaking of the work, it's so well done I can't tell where the fillings even are. My fiance commented immediately, "Oh, they look SO much better!" I'm thrilled with the outcome of finally getting in and getting this done. Outside of the chair, the hygienist team and front office and desk staff are all absolutely some of the nicest and friendliest people you'll interact with! They know what they're doing, keep everything moving fluidly, and make sure you know what's going on and are as comfortable as can be. They work with multiple insurances and hugely helpful to those without insurance: they accept Care Credit. If I'm getting dentistry work done for the foreseeable future, it's definitely going to be at Dr. Yancho's office. I highly recommend you do as well if you're on the search."- J.R. / Facebook / Feb 28, 2019
"Retiring to Traverse City from downstate required finding a new dentist. Dr. Yancho has been just the BEST! I would highly recommend him and his staff to anyone seeking a caring, pain free dental experience. I have had my share of dental work over many years and I can honestly say my experiences here have been the best ever. My three grandchildren go here as well and never complain about going to see Dr. Yancho."- C.L. / Google / Feb 06, 2019
"Dr. Yancho and his crew are absolutely fabulous! They are kind, thorough with exams, patient and compassionate. My entire family goes to Dr. Yancho and I would never dream of going somewhere else. I recommend this practice to everyone that I know. I have never met a dentist that is as concerned about our comfort during procedures as Dr. Yancho is. Going to the dentist can be a scary thing for many of us... but it's not an issue here."- J.K. / Facebook / Dec 15, 2018
"Dr. Yancho and his crew are absolutely fabulous! They are kind, thorough with exams, patient and compassionate. My entire family goes to Dr. Yancho and I would never dream of going anywhere else. I recommend this practice to everyone that I know. I have never met a dentist that is as concerned about our comfort during procedures as Dr. Yancho is. Going to the dentist can be a scary thing for many of us... but it's not an issue here."- J.K. / Google / Dec 15, 2018
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.
Plan Your Procedure
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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.