As your child grows their 20 primary teeth, come out as part of a natural process to make room for their 32 permanent, adult teeth. Molars and premolars, tend to emerge from the gums in early adolescence. For many people, the occlusal or biting surface of these back teeth often have deep pits, fissures and contours.
If residual food particles and plaque become stuck in these deeply textured areas, it can promote large areas of tooth decay to form. Large fillings are often needed to repair these teeth can pose problems later on in life.
If during your child’s regular dental check up Dr. Brandon Green finds deep pits or stuck on plaque and food particles on these areas, we might recommend protecting the biting surface with dental sealants.
If your dentist notices deep pits or stuck on plaque and food particles on the biting surface of your child’s back teeth during their dental checkup, then we might recommend protecting the biting surface dental sealants.
Dental sealants a basically a durable plastic-resin that Dr. Brandon Green paints onto the biting surface of molars and premolars. A special ultraviolet light is 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 surface the dental sealants will keep bacteria from direct access to the tooth enamel.
Dental sealants can usually be applied immediately after your child’s regular dental checkup. The dental sealants are very durable and can help to protect the biting surface for several years.
If you have any questions about dental sealants for yourself or your child, please feel free to call Dr. Brandon Green at 801.756.5136 to schedule an appointment.