Mid to late adolescence is the time in your child’s life when your child’s permanent molars and premolars have completely replaced the primary teeth in the back of their mouth. It’s relatively common for the occlusal or biting surfaces of these teeth to have deep pits and fissures.
For many people these areas can be hard to effectively and consistently keep clean. If residual food particles and plaque get trapped in these occlusal textures, it increases the likelihood of large cavities developing. This often requires large fillings that can prove troublesome later in life.
To prevent this from happening, Dr. Brian Miller will often suggest having resin dental sealants applied to the occlusal surface of your child’s back teeth. It’s best to do this immediately following their regular dental checkup and cleaning. This will ensure that there’s no residual food or plaque trapped in the area.
The dental sealants will then be quick cured and hardened using a special ultraviolet light. With regular care and cleaning you should expect them to prevent bacteria from direct access to the occlusal enamel for approximately two years.
If you are interested in dental sealants for your son or daughter, or they’re due for their next dental checkup and cleaning, you should call Dr. Brian Miller’s office in Houston, Texas at 281.225.4966 to set up an appointment.