It’s natural and even expected for the premolars and molars in the back of your mouth to have deep pits and fissures on their biting edges. If residual food particles and plaque become trapped in these areas, it can lead to large areas of tooth decay.
When this occurs, your dentist, Dr. Robert Doyle, often has to use a large inlay or onlay fillings to repair the teeth. Even though these large fillings effectively repair the integrity of the biting surface, they could cause complications later on in life.
If your dentist notices that you’re having a hard time keeping these areas clean, they might recommend applying dental sealants.
Dental sealants in Whitaker, Pennsylvania, are basically a durable, plastic resin that the dentist paints onto the biting surface of your molars and premolars. A special ultraviolet light is then used to harden the resin, creating a barrier between any harmful particles and the healthy tooth enamel.
We often recommend having dental sealants applied immediately following your regular dental checkup. This way we know the enamel is thoroughly cleaned and prepared. Once the sealants have hardened in place, they will be very durable. Even with brushing twice a day, they should last for years.
If you’re interested in protecting your premolars and molars, you might want to call Complete Dental Care at 412-567-0927 to see if you are a good candidate for dental sealants.