For some people the occlusal or biting surface of their back teeth might have deep pits, and contours. If residual food particles and plaque become stuck in these areas, it can lead to rather large areas of tooth decay. The large fillings needed to repair these teeth can pose problems later on in life.
If one of the dental professionals at St. George Kids Dental notices that you or your child is having trouble keeping the biting surfaces of back teeth clean, we might recommend protecting the teeth with dental sealants. While dental sealants are more commonly recommended for teenagers, more and more adults appreciate them to help preserve their back teeth.
Dental sealants a durable plastic-resin that the dentists at St. George Kids Dental can paint onto the biting surface in a quick procedure. A special ultraviolet light is used to harden the resin. When plaque and food particles get stuck in the deep pits and contours, the resin effectively prevents bacteria from direct exposure to the enamel of the biting surface.
The dental sealants are very durable and can help to protect the biting surface on back teeth for several years. Even though your teeth are protected, you should still continue to brush the biting surface of teeth with dental sealants. The resin material is very resilient and won’t wear away from simple routine brushing.
If you have any questions about dental sealants for yourself or your child, please call St. George Kids Dental at 435-673-3490 to schedule an appointment.