Our dentists at Great Lakes Family Dental, Drs. Kinra and Kinra, are serious about stopping tooth decay in its tracks. One of our most effective treatments in preventing decay and disease is the use of dental sealants in Jackson, Michigan. Sealants are thin coatings made of plastic that are painted onto the chewing surfaces of your teeth, namely the pre-molars and molars. This is done because the chewing surfaces are highly susceptible to problematic conditions. Your back teeth have deep ridges that trap bacteria and food particles and are also difficult to clean through regular dental hygiene. Sealants operate in two methods to help protect your smile. First, sealants act as a protective barrier, preventing damaging particles from lingering on the tooth’s surface. Second, sealants make teeth easier to clean, which is especially useful for children.
It only takes a couple of minutes to apply a sealant on a tooth. Most of our patients do not require any tooth preparation other than a regular cleaning before having the sealant painted on. When combined with good dental hygiene, sealants can last for many years and withstand your natural chewing forces. If you would like more information about how sealants can benefit you and your family, we encourage you to contact our friendly dental team. We hope to hear from you soon!