Occlusal Cavities on Molars and Premolars Can Be Prevented by Dental Sealants

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The molars and premolars in the back of your mouth are called upon to chew and grind the foods you eat. To aid in these endeavors, the biting surfaces of these teeth often have deep textures in the tooth enamel. For some people, these areas can be hard to completely clean with brushing alone.

If bacterial-rich plaque and food particles become trapped in these areas, the tooth can foster decay. The resulting cavities are often large and problematic.

Fortunately, you can prevent these cavities and preserve the health of your molars and premolars by having your dentist, Dr. Teresa Eplett, apply dental sealants.

Dental sealants in Medford, Oregon, are basically durable, plastic, resin shells that Dr. Teresa Eplett carefully applies to the biting surfaces of your back teeth to create an effective barrier between bacteria and the healthy tooth enamel.

Dr. Teresa Eplett often recommends applying the sealants following regular dental checkup. This ensures that the enamel on the biting surface is completely clean.

After the sealants have been applied to the teeth, Dr. Teresa Eplett will use a special ultraviolet light to cure and harden the resin. If residual food particles get stuck in the occlusal surfaces in the future, the dental sealants will prevent bacteria from having direct access to the tooth enamel.

If you are due for your next checkup and you’re interested in protecting your back teeth with dental sealants, you should call 541-772-8280 to schedule an appointment at ADC Dental & Denture Clinic Inc..