After a thorough dental exam complete with X-rays, the dentist is often able to predict which teeth, if any, are most at risk for developing different types of cavities. The shape, morphology, and unique cusps and grooves on any particular tooth contribute to the probability of developing tooth decay. If deep pits or grooves are present on the chewing surfaces of back teeth, the probability of developing decay is much greater because bacteria is easily harbored and difficult to remove. Even thorough brushing and flossing are often ineffective in removing bacteria from these surfaces.
Dental Wellness Tip:
Dental sealants are the most non-invasive treatment to prevent cavities in at-risk back teeth.
Dental sealants act as a preventive barrier from plaque and bacteria that accumulate in these hard to clean surfaces. A properly placed dental sealant can greatly reduce the likelihood of developing tooth decay on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. The dental term for this decay is occlusal caries.
A dental sealant is a resin material that flows into the deep pits, grooves, and fissures of the chewing surfaces of back teeth, and is bonded to the tooth to become similar to a hard plastic material. Dental sealants are virtually unnoticeable and have the same color and appearance of natural tooth structure. The sealant will generally stay in place for several years until it is naturally worn away by tooth wear. It is appropriate to replace dental sealants from time to time.
Preventive dental sealants are a simple and effective way to seal off pits and grooves from bacteria. Please contact your dentist in Louisville, KY to find out if dental sealants fit your treatment needs.