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The average child loses his or her baby teeth by early to mid-adolescence, receiving permanent teeth in their place. Some of these permanent teeth, particularly molars and premolars, have deep pits in the chewing surface that collect food particles and are not easy to clean with a toothbrush. If your child has teeth of this nature, he or she could be at an increased risk of tooth decay. In this case, our dentist may recommend dental sealants to protect the back teeth and make them easier to clean.

A molar’s biting surface can easily develop cavities of large proportions that need equally large and vulnerable dental fillings that could compromise the tooth structure. By applying dental sealants to these teeth now, we can prevent tooth decay from developing in the first place.

These durable plastic coatings are painted onto the chewing surface of the teeth in a liquid form to fill the deep pits and create a flatter area. We then use a special ultraviolet light to harden and fortify the material. Dental sealants serve to block food particles and plaque from accumulating on the tooth enamel and can last upwards of two years.

The process of placing dental sealants is performed as part of a regular dental checkup and only takes a few minutes per tooth. To learn more about the benefits of dental sealants in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, please feel free to contact Bright Dental at 812-656-8888 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Allen Daniels.