Most people will lose their primary teeth and have their permanent molars and premolars emerge by early to mid-adolescence. The biting surface of molars and premolars can sometimes have deep pits, fissures and contours that could be hard to clean. If plaque and residual food particles get stuck in these deeper contours, it will make them much more likely to develop tooth decay.
Tooth decay in these areas, often need to be repaired with large fillings that could be problematic later on in life. If one of the dental professionals at Mill Creek General Dentistry notices deep pits or stuck on plaque and food particles on premolars, they might recommend having dental sealants applied to the biting surface. While dental sealants are more commonly recommended for teenagers, it’s not unheard of for adults.
Dental sealants a durable plastic-resin that your dentist can paint onto the biting surface of molars and premolars. A special ultraviolet light is used to harden the resin. Even if plaque and food particles get stuck on the biting surface, the dental sealants will keep them from direct access to the tooth enamel.
The sealants can usually be applied following a regular dental checkup. The dental sealants are very durable and can help to protect the biting surface for two years or more.
If you have any questions about dental sealants for yourself or your child, please call Mill Creek General Dentistry at 425-337-5549 to schedule an appointment.