Protect your back teeth with dental sealants

Each set of teeth has a job to do. Your back teeth, which are your molars and premolars. Their job is to chew your food so that you can swallow and digest it. To do that, they are equipped with ridges and grooves. While these ridges and grooves do a good job of chewing, they also trap the food debris and bacteria that cause tooth decay. It can be difficult to reach with a toothbrush. To solve this problem, our dentist, Dr. Lien Ngo offers dental sealants to our patients at Brookside Dental in Placerville, California.

girl having treatment done by doctorThe dentist will clean and dry the tooth, and then apply an acidic solution to create tiny abrasions on the tooth. Then he will apply a very thin layer of special plastic on the chewing surface of the tooth. Once it is cured, that plastic will act as a barrier between the tooth enamel and the substances that cause cavities. Sealants work best the earlier they are applied, and they are often used for children, especially since they are more prone to cavities. However, adults who have problems with tooth decay can also benefit from them. The process is quick and painless and the sealants last for years. However, you will still need to brush and floss and see us for your regular cleanings and exams, since only protect the chewing surfaces of the molars and premolars.

If you would like to learn more about dental sealants, we would be happy to meet with you! Give us a call at 530-622-1987 today.