Your tooth enamel is a durable and strong substance on the outside of your tooth, but even though it is naturally fortified, it sometimes needs outside help to help protect your tooth from decay. To work as an extra coating of armor on your tooth, we can coat the chewing surface of the premolars and the molars with an advanced plastic substance called a dental sealant.
Your molars and premolars are your four back teeth, and, if you feel them with your tongue or examine them in a mirror, you will notice small crevices and tiny points on their chewing surfaces. These give your back teeth their crushing and chewing power. Sometimes, though, these divots in the tooth can be deep and too narrow for a toothbrush to reach, so food can get lodged in them and not come out. When the debris is not cleaned away, it attracts bacteria and becomes plaque. This could lead to cavities and more severe infections, which is why it is important to clean and protect these teeth.
There is a way to protect your teeth from plaque buildup in these areas — receiving dental sealants from Steven J. Brazis, DDS. Dental sealants will protect your teeth for a long time, so, in order to ensure healthy enamel on your molars and premolars, you should ask our dentist, Dr. Steven J. Brazis, if they are the right option for you.
The process of receiving dental sealants begins with a thorough cleaning with water and then a coating of a special acidic substance. This acid creates a rough surface on the tooth for the sealant to latch onto. Dr. Steven J. Brazis will then coat the tooth with the sealant substance. Depending on the sealant substance, a laser light may be used to harden the sealant.
If you think you may need dental sealants, you can schedule an appointment with our office in Sacramento, California, by calling 916-731-5151.