Your molars and premolars have many contours and textures. They also have pits and fissures on the biting surfaces that can be hard to clean with your daily brushing.
If plaque and residual food particles are not thoroughly removed from these pits and fissures they can easily create tooth decay. In fact, the cavities can extend from the biting surface to the sides of the teeth. The large inlay and onlay fillings that are needed to repair these large cavities can prove problematic as the years go by.
If your dentist, Dr. R. Bruce Howell, notices harmful particles trapped in the biting surfaces of your molars and premolars, he might recommend having dental sealants applied over the area. The dental sealants will create a protective barrier to prevent bacteria from having direct access to the tooth enamel.
This protective barrier can last for two years or longer and will not wear away by everyday activities like chewing or brushing.
If you are interested in knowing more about dental sealants in Orem, Utah, or if you are due for your next regular dental checkup, you should call Orem Pediatric Dentistry at 801-802-7200 to set up an appointment.