As your son or daughter grows up, their primary teeth will naturally be replaced by the permanent teeth that need to last them for the rest of their lives. Preserving the health of these teeth early on will go a long way toward preventing complications in later adulthood.
It’s somewhat common for permanent molars and premolars to emerge in the back of the mouth with deep pits and textures in the biting surface. While this makes the teeth more efficient at chewing and grinding, it can also be hard to effectively clean during their twice-daily daily brushing.
If a tiny piece of food matter or bacterial residue becomes trapped in these areas, it can cause large cavities to form on these important teeth. This might require fillings to repair the tooth decay. In a severe case, our dentists in [ctiy], Minnesota, might need to perform a crown restoration.
Dr. Weingarten and Dr. Timmons might recommend applying dental sealants to their back teeth. This is a sound preventative measure that can often be performed immediately following your child’s dental checkup.
The sealants are basically a durable plastic-resin the dentists carefully apply to the biting surfaces of your child’s back teeth to create an effective barrier between bacteria and the healthy tooth enamel.
The dentists will then use a special ultraviolet light to cure and harden the resin. If any residual food particles get stuck in the pits and fissures, the dental sealants will keep bacteria from direct access to the tooth enamel.
If you are concerned about preserving the health of your child’s back teeth, and you live in the Wyoming, Minnesota, area, you should call 651-462-5150 to schedule a dental checkup at Wyoming Family Dental.