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
"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
"Our family have been patients of Dr. Yancho for about 30 years. We started going to him because we wanted to find a dentist who was painless. Even when getting a shot in the mouth, Dr. Yancho is painless. He and his staff are caring and understanding. We highly recommend this dental practice!"- R.A. / Google / Oct 09, 2020
"Phil and his staff are great. Service is friendly and prompt, no waiting here but they make you feel very comfortable and they know your name. For my first visit doc did a thorough exam of my mouth and made observations and recommendations but was never trying to sell me anything, only made me understand better the value of dental work. I got a cleaning, then a filling, then a fluoride treatment over the course of a couple months. The filling procedure was pain free and he told me every move he was making during the procedure which is not only interesting but it put my mind at ease. His Hygienists are very competent and professional...but also friendly! I strongly recommend Phil and his practice for your dental needs."- C.W. / Yelp / Mar 11, 2020
"I have a Maryland bridge, something I have been stuck with since I was a teenager because I was born without my lateral incisors. I had a great dentist in PA, but over the years in Petoskey, MI - I failed to find one that I felt comfortable with and/or had confidence in while working on my bridge. I did some research and stumbled upon Dr. Yancho and his crew. My first appointment last spring was amazing. Everyone was so kind. I could NOT be more happy, so much so, that I ended up sticking with Dr. Yancho and his team for my cleanings. Even though I do not have a lot of money as I struggle to get through my final years in school, they treat me like I am equally as important. Allie took the time to figure out payment options for some cavity work, and never made me feel bad for it. I felt my bridge faltering last week, so I e-mailed the office that night and received an immediate response from Dr. Yancho and a call from Denise first thing the next morning. She got me in less than a week later. Then, as I was brushing my teeth last night, the whole thing fell out. I called Denise and without any question, got me in today. I had some bad experiences with my bridge work - today...my anxiety was completely quashed. Dr. Yancho did a fantastic job! He explains everything he is doing, why he is doing it and even stopped to make sure what he was doing was the best option for me. Plus, he makes sure at every step I was not uncomfortable. From Denise, to Allie, Rachel, Erin, and Melanie - I cannot be more thankful for making me feel so comfortable. The 90 minute drive to see all of you is absolutely worth it. It is rare to find so many fantastic team players in one place."- C.B. / Google / Jan 03, 2020
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.