Permanent molars start to emerge from a child’s gums during early adolescence. Some children can have deep pits and contours on their molars and premolars that can make them challenge to keep clean. When plaque and food particles get stuck deep down in these pits, it greatly increases the chances of tooth decay.
Fillings in these area can sometimes be large and could be problematic later in their life. In a situation like this your dentist might recommend dental sealants for these deeply pitted teeth.
Dental sealants are a durable plastic-resin compound that your dentist paints on the biting surface of their teeth. They will then use a special ultraviolet light to harden the sealants. The process is quick and easy. Your dentist can often apply the sealants after your child’s regular dental checkup.
The thin resin layer protects the contours of the biting surface of the teeth. Even if food particles and plaque get stuck in the contours, the bacteria cannot directly attack the enamel. With proper care they will be very durable and last for several years.
If you have any questions about dental sealants for yourself or your child, please call us at 718-548-3353 to schedule an appointment with Riverdale Oral Health and Implant Center. We look forward to helping your child protect their teeth for the long term!