Maintaining good oral health is crucial for a beautiful smile and overall well-being. One essential preventive measure in dentistry is the application of dental sealants. Sealants act as a shield against tooth decay by sealing off the deep grooves and pits where bacteria and food particles tend to accumulate, preventing cavities from forming.
At John Leitner, DDS, Dr. John Leitner provides dental sealants to those whose teeth need a little extra protection from damage. To schedule an appointment at our Grand Haven dental office, call today at (616) 842-2850.
Dental sealants are thin, protective coatings applied to the surfaces of teeth, primarily the molars and premolars, to prevent tooth decay. They’re typically made from a plastic or resin material and used as a preventive measure. The chewing surfaces of the back teeth have numerous pits and fissures where food particles and bacteria can easily become trapped, making them susceptible to decay.
Dental sealants act as a barrier, filling in these fissures and creating a smooth surface that is easier to clean through regular brushing. They effectively shield the vulnerable areas from the acids and bacteria that can lead to cavities. Sealants are particularly beneficial for children and adolescents, as they can protect their developing teeth during their most cavity-prone years.
However, adults can also use them as a preventive measure to maintain oral health. Dental sealants are a simple and painless procedure that can significantly reduce the risk of tooth decay and the need for more extensive dental treatments in the future.
The most common type of dental sealant is resin-based. Resin-based sealants are made from a liquid resin material that’s applied to the teeth and hardened with a special curing light. Resin-based sealants are tooth-colored, making them virtually invisible and aesthetically pleasing.
Glass ionomer sealants are a combination of acrylic and glass powders that form a hardened material on the teeth. These sealants are tooth-colored and release fluoride over time, which helps strengthen the teeth and provide additional protection against cavities.
Compomer sealants are a hybrid of composite resin and glass ionomer materials. They offer the benefits of both materials, including aesthetics, fluoride release, and durability. Compomer sealants are commonly used in situations where aesthetics and long-term protection are of utmost importance.
There are various benefits to getting dental sealants, including:
The process of applying dental sealants involves cleaning the teeth, drying them thoroughly, isolating them from moisture, etching the tooth surfaces, applying the sealant material, and using a curing light to harden the sealant. Our dentist then checks for proper bonding, bite alignment, and smoothness, trimming any excess sealant and polishing the teeth to complete the procedure. This quick and painless process provides long-lasting protection against cavities, making it particularly useful for children and teenagers.
Our dentists may recommend dental sealants to:
To find out if you qualify for dental sealants, contact our dental office today by calling (616) 842-2850.
Dental sealants are a relatively cheaper dental treatment, with prices around $30 to $40 per tooth. Certain factors will affect the total cost, such as your location, the number of teeth getting sealants, and your insurance coverage.
You can receive an estimate by contacting our Grand Haven dentist today.
Dental sealants can last for several years, often up to 5 to 10 years or more, depending on factors like wear and tear and oral hygiene practices.
No, the application of dental sealants is a painless and non-invasive procedure. There’s no need for dental anesthesia or drilling.
Dental sealants are a valuable preventive measure in dental care. By providing a protective barrier against cavities, they can help preserve your natural teeth and promote a healthier, brighter smile.
Contact our family dentists in Grand Haven today to schedule an appointment. Call us at (616) 842-2850 to get started.