It’s not uncommon for your child’s permanent molars and premolars to emerge from the gums in early-to-mid adolescence with deep pits, fissures or contours on the biting surfaces. Plaque and residual food particles can easily become trapped in these areas, promoting tooth decay.
The large fillings needed to repair these cavities could prove troublesome later on in your child’s life.
If your dentist, Dr. Mark Curtis and Dr. Edward Reifman, notices deep pits and fissures on the biting surfaces of your child’s back teeth, he might recommend protecting the teeth with dental sealants in Prescott, Arizona.
Dental sealants are made of a durable, plastic material that Dr. Mark Curtis and Dr. Edward Reifman can quickly paint onto the biting surfaces of your child’s back teeth. This can be done immediately following your child’s regular dental checkup. A special ultraviolet light is often used to cure and harden the resin.
Even if plaque and food particles get stuck on the biting surfaces, the dental sealants will keep them from having direct access to the tooth enamel. The dental sealants are very durable and they can protect the biting surfaces for two or more years.
If you are interested in protecting your child’s back teeth with dental sealants, or if your child is due for their next dental checkup, please call Prescott Dental Group at 928-277-4754 to set up an appointment.