Contoured areas on teeth are sometimes prone to trap plaque and food particles. If these bacterial deposits aren’t removed by your daily brushing and flossing efforts, they can lead to an increased chance of suffering cavities.
Along with contours near the gumline, some individuals also have deep pits and fissures on the biting surfaces of their molars and premolars. These deeply textured areas can potentially trap bacterial deposits at a depth that is not easily cleaned by your soft-bristled toothbrush.
If our dentist notices bacterial deposits in these areas, during your routine dental checkup she might recommend a treatment plan designed to clean them away and applying dental sealants.
The sealants are essentially a special type of dental resin that can be carefully painted onto the biting surface of the molars and premolars. Once they have been applied Dr. Soudabeh Sharafi will use a special ultraviolet light to harden the resin creating a protective layer.
Any future bacterial deposits that might collect in the pits and fissures will be denied keep bacteria from direct access to the tooth enamel. Dental sealants are known for being very durable. Most can help to protect the teeth for up to a decade.
If you are in the San Diego, California area and you are concerned about the health of your teeth, you should call 858-259-1400 to schedule a dental checkup at Soudabeh Sharafi DMD.