Molars and premolars are called upon to handle a significant amount of chewing and grinding. These teeth have pits, textures, and fissures on their biting surfaces. Sometimes these fissures can be very deep and they could trap food particles and bacteria, If these areas can’t effectively be cleaned by twice-daily brushing, tooth decay could be the result.
Should Dr. Daniel Holsteen notice a problem like this during your regular dental checkup at his Colorado Springs, Colorado, clinic, he might recommend preserving the health of the teeth with dental sealants.
A dental sealant is a durable, clear resin that Dr. Daniel Holsteen 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 that can block plaque and food particles out of the chewing surfaces of the back teeth.
The dental sealants can be applied at the end of your regular dental checkup. This way Dr. Daniel Holsteen knows the enamel 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 Colorado Springs, Colorado, area and you are concerned about preserving the health of your molars and premolars, you should call 719-598-3502 to schedule a checkup at Mountain Shadows Family Dentistry.