For many people the occlusal or biting surface of their back teeth can naturally have deep pits, fissures and contours. Should plaque and residual food particles become trapped in these hard to clean areas, it can lead to the formation of large cavities. The large fillings needed to repair these teeth can pose problems later on in life.
If Dr. Paul Neumann notices that you or your child is having trouble keeping the biting surfaces of back teeth clean, he might recommend protecting the area with basic dental sealants. While dental sealants are more commonly recommended for teenagers, some adults appreciate them to help preserve their back teeth.
Dental sealants a durable plastic-resin that Dr. Paul Neumann can paint onto the biting surface in a quick procedure. A special ultraviolet light is used to harden the resin. When plaque and food particles get stuck in the deep pits and contours, the resin effectively prevents bacteria from direct exposure to the enamel of the biting surface.
The dental sealants are very durable and can help to protect the biting surface on back teeth for several years. Even though your teeth are protected, you should still continue to brush the biting surface of teeth with dental sealants. The resin material is very resilient and won’t wear away from simple routine brushing.
If are interested in protect the biting surface of you or your child’s back teeth with dental sealants, you should call Dr. Paul Neumann at 225-687-4366 to schedule an appointment.