The contours of your molars and premolars often collect bacterial deposits. As plaque and food particles start to accumulate in these areas, they will produce acid that can gradually start to demineralize your tooth enamel. This can lead to the formation of a large cavity. These areas of tooth decay often require large inlay or onlay dental fillings
If Dr. Jonathan Thomas notices food debris and bacterial deposits on the surfaces of your back teeth he might recommend cleaning them and applying dental sealants. This is a special type of dental resin that the dentist paints onto the chewing surfaces of your molars and premolars. At that point he will use a special ultraviolet light to harden the resin and create a protective layer. Even if food and bacteria deposits continue to accumulate, the dental sealants will 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. You will need to continue to brush and floss since the sealant only protects the chewing surface of the tooth.
If you are in Kihei, Hawaii or the surrounding area and you have cavity prevention concerns, you should call 808-879-1944 to schedule a dental checkup and dental sealants at Jonathan Thomas, DDS.