When primary teeth are replaced by permanent teeth, it’s quite common for the molars and premolars in the back of the mouth to have deep pits and fissures on the biting edge. If residual food particles and plaque become trapped in these areas, it can lead to large areas of tooth decay.
If this happens, it often requires Dr. Bethaney B. Brenner to use large inlay or onlay fillings to repair. Even though these large fillings effectively repair the integrity of the biting surface, they could cause complications later on in life.
If Dr. Bethaney B. Brenner notices that you’re having a hard time keeping these areas clean, she may recommend applying dental sealants. These are basically a durable plastic-resin painted onto the biting surface of your molars and premolars. A special ultraviolet light is then used to harden the resin, creating a barrier between any stuck-on plaque or food particles and the healthy tooth enamel.
We usually advocate having dental sealants applied immediately following your regular dental checkup. This way we know the enamel area is thoroughly cleaned and prepared. Once the sealants have hardened in place they will be very durable.
If you are due for your next dental checkup and cleaning and are concerned about the health of your back teeth, please call our experienced dental team in Burlington, Connecticut today at 860-673-7155. We are here to keep your smile healthy!