By Lakeshore Dentistry and Implant Center
May 23, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Sealants  

For many busy parents, surprise dental visits due to cavities may throw off a carefully planned and executed schedule of baseball games, dance recitals and playdates. However, dental sealants can prevent cavities and allows your children to go about their busy lives free of tooth decay. Get the answers to your questions about dental sealants and more with help from your Holland, MI dentist at Lakeshore Dentistry and Implant Center.Sealants

What are dental sealants? 
Dental sealants are a thin, plastic coating applied to the surfaces of the teeth to prevent tooth decay. Brushing and flossing properly alongside regular visits to your dentist is often enough to keep cavities at bay, but, in those patients who have deep grooves and depressions in their teeth, there are places which your toothbrush simply cannot reach. The sealant bonds with all areas of the tooth to create a protective barrier between the outside elements which cause decay and the tooth itself. Sealants usually last about 10 years.

Who do sealants benefit? 
While sealants are most often used on children’s teeth, they are for adults who are free of decay and fillings as well. Anyone who has deep grooves or crevices in their teeth benefits from dental sealants. During the time between toddlerhood and the teenage years, the teeth are particularly prone to cavity development. Sealants are best suited to protect permanent teeth, allowing your dentist to seal your child’s permanent teeth as they come in. In some cases, sealants may be suitable for baby teeth as well.

How does the procedure for sealants work? 
First, your Holland dentist cleans the teeth to ensure no food particles or plaque become lodged between the tooth and the sealant. After drying the tooth, your dentist uses an etching material to roughen up the tooth’s surface on a microscopic level to ensure that the sealants have a secure bond with the tooth. The sealant itself is painted onto the teeth, similar to painting a fingernail. A special light helps cure the sealant to further strengthen its bond with the tooth.

For more information on dental sealants, please contact Dr. Ryan Lebster, Dr. Jose Vivas and Dr. Arnold Baker at Lakeshore Dentistry and Implant Center in Holland, MI. Call (616) 399-3946 to schedule your’s or your child’s regular dental examination and cleaning today!