The molars and premolars in the back of your mouth are used to chew and grind the foods you eat. Many people have deep pits and fissures in the tooth enamel, making them more efficient for the task. These areas can sometimes be hard to clean from twice-daily brushing. This increases the chances of cavities forming on these critical biting surfaces.
If your dentist, Dr. James E. Gaff, notices deeply textured areas with stuck-on plaque and food particles, he might recommend protecting the biting surfaces with dental sealants.
Dental sealants in Jacksonville, Florida, are basically durable, plastic, resin shells that he meticulously paints to the biting surfaces of your molars and premolars. A special ultraviolet light will be used to harden the resin, creating a protective layer.
Even if plaque and food particles get stuck in the pits and fissures of the biting surfaces, the dental sealants will keep bacteria from having direct access to the tooth enamel. The resin material is very durable and will not easily wear away from your twice-daily brushing. As a rule of thumb, you can expect the dental sealants to protect the biting surfaces for many years.
If you are interested in dental sealants, you should call 904-641-2655 to schedule an appointment at our office.