Every tooth in your smile has its own job to do and its own shape. The job of your back teeth, which are known as your molars and premolars, is to crush, grind and chew your food so that you can swallow and easily digest it. In order for your molars to get that job done, they are each equipped with a set of ridges and grooves called cusps. The cusps are perfect for helping you chew, but because of their shape, they also make great hiding places for food particles, plaque and tartar. These substances can lead to cavities and maybe even root canal treatments if they are not removed, and they can be difficult to reach with your toothbrush.
Our dentist can protect the chewing surfaces of your teeth by applying dental sealants. This is a clear or tooth-colored material placed directly on your tooth, forming a barrier between your enamel and the substances that can harm your smile. This is an easy and painless treatment that can be completed in a single visit to our office. In many cases, sealants can last up to 10 years.
Dental sealants work best when they are applied as soon as the back teeth begin to erupt. Because of that, they are usually used for children between 6 and 12 years of age. However, adults who struggle with cavities or have healthy teeth may also be good candidates. Call our office today to schedule an appointment for dental sealants for your child or yourself.