Your molars and premolars, which are the back teeth in your mouth, differ from the rest of your smile because they are larger and have deep ridges in the chewing surfaces to make chewing and swallowing much easier. While these ridges are very important for the back teeth, they make it easy for food debris and bacteria to get trapped and cause tooth decay, especially if these teeth are hard to clean with a toothbrush.
Our team is happy to help you further protect your back teeth by placing dental sealants on the chewing surfaces of your back teeth to prevent cavities. These are plastic coatings that prevent harmful substances from affecting the tooth by forming a barrier over the chewing surfaces. We use a mildly acidic solution to roughen the surface of a clean and dry tooth and form minor abrasions to improve the grip of the dental sealant. After a sealant is in place, we can cure it with a special light. Dental sealants last about 10 years before they require treatment or a new application.
Children who have received their adult molars recently are ideal candidates to receive dental sealants because they often have a high cavity risk. However, you can receive dental sealants at any age as long as you don’t have cavities or a very high tooth decay risk.
If you are considering dental sealants in Avon, Indiana, to prevent cavities, contact Dr. Steven Driggers for an appointment. Call (317) 495-9537 today to reach us at Sonshine Family Dental!