Your back teeth, also referred to as molars and premolars, are very different from the other teeth in terms of size but also due to the ridges that cover the chewing surfaces. These ridges help your mouth grind and chew food to be swallowed and digested. While the back teeth serve an important function in your mouth, food debris and bacteria can easily accumulate among the ridges and result in tooth decay, especially if your toothbrush is unable to properly clean these areas.
If you are concerned about protecting your back teeth, we may recommend dental sealants to coat the chewing surfaces and reduce cavities. Dental sealants are plastic coatings that form a barrier to block harmful substances from your chewing surfaces. We apply a mild acidic solution to a clean and dry tooth to create minor abrasions that help the sealant adhere firmly to the tooth surface. The sealant can then be applied and left to dry or cured with a special light. You can get about 10 years of use from your sealants.
Children under 13 are the most common candidates for dental sealants because this treatment is optimal for brand-new molars and premolars. Dental sealants are important for children during this age period, when they face increased cavity risk. However, all ages can receive dental sealants if the teeth are free of cavities or don’t have a high risk of tooth decay.
You are welcome to speak with Dr. Stuart Drange and our team about dental sealants in Gardnerville, Nevada, by scheduling an appointment. Contact Carson Valley Dental Arts at 775-782-7169 today!