The molars and premolars in the back of your mouth are regularly called for to help chew and grind food. To aid in this endeavor, many people have deep pits and fissures on the occlusal, or biting surfaces, of the teeth. Sometimes, these deeply textured areas can also serve as a dangerous trap for residual food particles and plaque. If cavities form in these surfaces, your child might need large fillings to repair them.
If your dentist, Dr. Joshua Scott Murdock, notices plaque and food particles trapped in these areas, he might recommend a thorough cleaning before the application of dental sealants.
Dental sealants in Grants Pass, Oregon, are basically durable, plastic, resin shells that he paints onto the biting surfaces of your molars and premolars. A special ultraviolet light will be used to harden the resin. Even if plaque and food particles get stuck on the biting surfaces, the sealants will prevent bacteria from having direct access to the healthy tooth enamel beneath.
Dental sealants can be applied immediately after your regular dental checkup and cleaning to ensure the enamel is completely clean.
You can expect dental sealants to last for many years and they won’t be worn away when you brush your teeth twice each day.
If you are interested in dental sealants, you should call 541-479-5505 to schedule an appointment at Rogue Valley Family Dentistry.