The occlusal, or biting, surfaces of the molars and premolars at the back of your mouth are designed to help you grind and chew the foods you consume. For many people, these areas have deep textures and natural fissures in the tooth enamel. While this helps you grind food more efficiently, it can also trap food material and bacterial deposits.
When this occurs, the teeth are at an ever-increasing risk of developing cavities. These large cavities often require large inlay or onlay fillings. Even though these large fillings effectively repair the integrity of the biting surfaces, they could suffer future complications due to their size and hard-working location.
If Dr. Richard J. Koeltl detects a problem of this magnitude during your regular dental checkup, he might recommend applying dental sealants to the back teeth.
So long as the teeth are still healthy, the durable, plastic, resin shells can protect them from future bacteria. Dr. Richard J. Koeltl will paint the shells onto the biting surfaces of your molars and premolars. Then, he will use a special ultraviolet light to harden the resin, creating a barrier that prevents direct contact between the bacteria in your mouth and the healthy underlying tooth enamel.
It’s typically recommended to have the dental sealants applied immediately following your regular dental checkup. This way our team knows 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 many years.
If you live in the Danville, California, area and you are concerned about maintaining the health and integrity of your back teeth, you should call 925-736-4201 to schedule a checkup with dental sealants at RK Dentistry.