Sealants Specialist

Healthy Smiles Dental Care

General and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Chelsea, MI, Flint, MI, Lansing, MI, Barton City, MI, & Muskegon, MI

Tooth decay is daunting to many dental patients, and for good reason. The chewing surfaces of your teeth are especially at risk since they have deep crevices that are hard to clean. Healthy Smiles Dental Care offers dental sealants to give your teeth an added layer of protection against decay and cavities. If you’re interested in getting sealants for your teeth, book an appointment online or over the phone at one of their locations in Chelsea, Flint, Lansing, Barton City (Jewell Lake Dental), and Muskegon, Michigan.

Sealants Q & A

What are dental sealants?

Dental sealants are plastic coatings that your dentist places on the chewing surfaces of your teeth that are most vulnerable to cavities and decay, typically your molars. Your molars are extra prone to decay because they are in the back of your mouth and are difficult to access with a brush. Furthermore, they have deep grooves that are narrow and tend to accumulate bacteria. Benefits of sealants include:

  • Protection against decay
  • Ease of care
  • Save money
  • Save time

The process of getting dental sealants is quick, easy, and painless. Sealants are dabbed on as a liquid that quickly dries and hardens into a sturdy layer over your tooth. Sealants are a preventative measure that can reduce your chances of dealing with the pain and cost of treating tooth decay.

When should I have sealants placed?

While many patients opt to have sealants placed as children when their permanent molars emerge, you can get them at any point in your life. If your dentist determines that you are especially at risk of developing cavities and decay, they will likely recommend them to you.Some dental plans cover sealants, so it can make financial sense when compared to the hefty bills that can come with treating tooth decay.

How long do they last?

Dental sealants typically stick around for 10 years. At your regular dental checkups, your dentist will monitor your sealants to ensure that they’ve stayed on and haven’t worn away enough to become ineffective.

If your dentist finds that a sealant has worn away, they can easily add more sealant material to reinforce or replace the original sealant.

Are there any risks or drawbacks?

The benefits of dental sealants far outweigh the risks. Some disadvantages include:

  • Frequent replacement due to wear and tear
  • Uncomfortable drilling required to shave down excess material
  • Uncomfortable bite

If you’re nervous about the process of getting sealants, your dentist can explain the process to you to ensure that you’re comfortable.

If you’re interested in getting sealants for yourself or your child, book an appointment online or over the phone with the team at Healthy Smiles Dental Care today.