Molars and premolars are primarily used to chew and grind tough foods. To aid in this endeavor, these teeth often have deep fissures in their biting surfaces. While this makes them more efficient at chewing, these areas can also trap residual food particles and plaque. This promotes the formation of large cavities.
If your dentists, Drs. Keith Huff, notices that you’re having a hard time keeping these areas clean, they might recommend having dental sealants applied to the teeth.
Dental sealants in Coos Bay, Oregon, are basically a durable, plastic resin that is painted onto the biting surfaces of your molars and premolars. A special ultraviolet light is then used to harden the resin, creating a barrier between any plaque and food particles and the healthy tooth enamel.
Ideally, dental sealants are applied immediately following your regular dental checkup. This helps to ensure that the tooth enamel is thoroughly cleaned and prepared.
Once the sealants have cured and hardened in place, they will be very durable. You should still brush the biting surfaces of the teeth twice a day. The sealants will not be easily eroded, and keeping the teeth clean will help promote oral health.
If you are due for your next dental checkup and cleaning and you’re concerned about the health of your molars and premolars, you should call South Coast Family Dentistry at 541-269-5353 to schedule your next appointment. We offer free cleanings and extended hours to make getting dental care easy and convenient for you.