Deep pits, textures, and contours on the biting surface of your child’s permanent molars and premolars can create a trap for residual food particles and plaque. In many cases these areas can be hard to clean with regular brushing. This makes these areas very prone to developing large areas of tooth decay.
These large areas of tooth decay often require large inlay or onlay fillings to repair. While these large fillings will effectively restore the integrity of the biting surface, they could very likely cause your child complications later on in life.
If our dentist at Weeder Pediatric Dentistry notices deep pits or plaque and food particles stuck in these areas, he might recommend protecting the biting surface of your child’s back teeth with dental sealants.
Dental sealants are durable plastic-resin that Dr. Greg Weeder paints onto the deep pits and fissures of the biting surface of your child’s molars and premolars. Then an ultraviolet light is used to harden the resin, creating a barrier between any stuck-on plaque and food particles and your child’s healthy tooth enamel.
Should you choose, Weeder Pediatric Dentistry can place the dental sealants after your child’s routine dental checkup. This makes sure that the enamel is thoroughly clean, allowing the resin to protect their teeth for a long time to come.
If you have questions about dental sealants in La Vista, Nebraska, and the best way to protect your child’s teeth, please call Weeder Pediatric Dentistry at (402) 932.1177 to schedule an appointment.