It is quite common for the biting surface of one or more of your child’s back teeth to have deep pits, fissures and contours. These deeply textured areas help to grind and chew tough foods effectively. Sometimes the deeper textures might be hard to keep clean.
When food particles and plaque get stuck in these pits and fissures it can foster tooth decay. When cavities form in these areas it often requires large fillings, which can be problematic later on in their life.
If Dr. Chris Kim sees that your child has deep pits on the biting surfaces of their back teeth, or that your child is having problems cleaning these areas, he might recommend dental sealants.
Dental sealants a durable plastic-resin that Dr. Chris Kim paints onto the biting surface of your child’s molars and premolars. A special ultraviolet light is used to harden the resin.
When plaque and food particles get stuck in these areas, the resin effectively blocks bacteria from direct contact with the biting surface of the tooth. Dr. Chris Kim can often apply the dental sealants after your child’s regular dental checkup.
The dental sealants are very durable and don’t easily wear off from regular brushing and flossing. They can help to protect the biting surface of your child’s teeth for several years.
If you have any questions about dental sealants for yourself or your child, please call Dr. Chris Kim at 860-623-2601 to schedule an appointment.