Each of your teeth has a specific shape and contour depending on its location in your mouth. This is designed to help it work efficiently with its partners in your bite pattern so you can comfortably break down and process food before swallowing.
The molars and premolars in the back of the mouth are especially known for having deep pits and recesses on the biting surface. This helps premolars bite off pieces of hard foods, while also allowing them to work with molars during the action of chewing and grinding.
If your routine dental checkup at Land Park Dental reveals bacterial deposits in the deep contours of these back teeth, Dr. Narinder Mahal might recommend protecting them by applying dental sealants. This is a durable plastic resin that can be applied following the appointment.
The special resin is carefully painted onto the teeth in the back of your mouth. Once this is done, he will use a special ultraviolet light to harden the dental sealants and marry them to the tooth enamel.
Even if bacterial deposits do manage to accumulate in the deep textures of the biting surface the dental sealants will prevent direct access to the healthy tooth enamel. They are also durable enough to withstand brushing each morning and night. Most dental sealants can last for up to a decade.
If you live in the Sacramento, California, region and you are concerned about preventing cavities on your molars and premolar, you should call 916-421-2200 to schedule a checkup with dental sealants at Land Park Dental.