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The molars and premolars in the back of your mouth are used for chewing and grinding tough foods. To aid in this endeavor, mother nature has designed the biting surfaces of these teeth with textured tooth enamel. While this makes them more efficient for the task at hand, these deep pits and fissures can also trap plaque and food particles.

In time, this could cause large, problematic cavities. Should this happen, Dr. Tammy Perison might need to use large inlay or onlay fillings to repair them. In an extreme case, an affected tooth might even need a dental crown restoration.

One easy way to prevent this from happening is to have Dr. Tammy Perison apply dental sealants to the biting surfaces of the back teeth. This creates an impervious barrier along the biting surfaces of the teeth. Even if plaque and food particles do become trapped in the deeply textured areas, they will still be denied direct access to the healthy tooth enamel.

Dental sealants are designed to be durable enough to resist wear from biting, chewing and regular tooth brushing. By maintaining good oral hygiene, you can expect them to protect the biting surfaces of the molars and premolars for many years. Regular brushing won’t damage the sealants, so you should freely brush the biting surfaces.

If you’re concerned about the long-term health of your back teeth, you should call 716-674-5256 to schedule an appointment at Tammy Perison, DDS Family and Cosmetic Dental Care.