The average person usually has their 20 baby teeth replaced by permanent adult teeth by early to mid-adolescence. The premolars and molars in the back of your child’s mouth are usually the last teeth to emerge. Sometimes the occlusional, or biting surface, of these teeth have deep pits and fissures that can be difficult to clean with brushing alone. Stuck-on plaque and residual food particles in these areas greatly increases the chances of large cavities forming on the biting surface.
If our dentist sees 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 children and teenagers, more and more adults appreciate them to help preserve their back teeth.
We can paint dental sealants onto the biting surface of your child’s back teeth in a short procedure. In many cases it can be done after their twice-annual routine dental checkup. Once the sealants have been painted on, our dentist will use a special ultraviolet light 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.
Dental sealants are very durable and can help to protect the biting surface on back teeth for several years. 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 feel free to call Tier One Dental at 830-372-2852 to schedule an appointment.