When permanent molars and premolars emerge in early to mid adolescence, it’s quite common for their biting surfaces to have deep pits and fissures. This is an evolutionary adaptation that helped our ancient ancestors efficiently chew and grind hard and tough foods. At the same time, residual food particles and plaque can become trapped in these areas, promoting tooth decay.
These large cavities require large fillings, and large fillings on the biting surface of a tooth are more likely to cause your child problems later on in life. To help prevent this problem, your dentist, Dr. Amirani, might recommend the use of dental sealants.
Dental sealants in Wichita, Kansas, are made of a durable, plastic resin that Dr. Amirani paints onto the surfaces of your child’s molars and premolars. This creates a protective layer that effectively prevents tooth decay in the enamel.
A special ultraviolet light is used to harden the material. Even if plaque and food particles get stuck in the pits and fissures of the biting surface, the dental sealants will keep bacteria from direct access to the tooth enamel.
Dr. Amirani prefers to apply the dental sealants right after your son or daughter’s regular dental checkup. The dental sealants are very durable and they can help protect the teeth for many years.
If you have any questions about dental sealants in Wichita, Kansas, you should call Sam Amirani DDS at 3166867155 to schedule an appointment.