The occlusal, or biting surfaces, of the molars and premolars in the rear of your mouth can have deep pits and fissures in the tooth enamel. On one hand, this helps the teeth grind and chew tough foods. On the other hand, these deep textures can also trap plaque and food particles, potentially promoting tooth decay.
If your dentist, Dr. Nicole Furuta, notices deeply textured areas with stuck plaque and food particles, she might recommend protecting the biting surfaces with dental sealants.
Dental sealants in Denver, Colorado, are basically durable, plastic, resin shells that she meticulously paints ono the biting surfaces of your molars and premolars. A special ultraviolet light will be used to harden the resin, creating a protective layer.
Even if plaque and food particles get stuck in the pits and fissures of the biting surfaces, the dental sealants will keep bacteria from having direct access to the tooth enamel. The resin material is very durable and will not easily wear away from your twice-daily brushing. As a rule of thumb, you can expect the dental sealants to protect the biting surfaces for many years.
If you want to prevent occlusal cavities on your back teeth, you should call 303-623-5636 to schedule a checkup with dental sealants at Lodo Dental.