Many individuals have premolars and molars in the back of their mouth with deeply textured biting surfaces. These occlusal surfaces are what make the teeth effective at chewing and grinding food. Unfortunately, some people have very deep pits and fissures in the natural tooth enamel that can trap plaque and food particles.
If these areas can’t effectively be cleaned by twice-daily brushing, it significantly increases the chances of large cavities forming on multiple teeth.
In cases like this, Dr. Dintcho and Dr. Shapira often recommend preserving the health of the teeth with dental sealants.
They are basically durable, clear, resin shells that he paints onto the biting surfaces of your molars and premolars. A special ultraviolet light will then be used to harden the resin, creating a barrier between any stuck-on plaque and food particles and the healthy tooth enamel.
It’s best to apply the dental sealants at the end of a 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. Even with brushing twice a day, they should last for many years.
If you live in the San Francisco, California, area and you are concerned about preserving the health of your teeth, you should call 415-922-3886 to schedule a checkup at Union Street Dental Care.