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The permanent molars and premolars in the rear of your mouth are called upon to do a significant amount of chewing and grinding. These teeth are made even more efficient for the task at hand thanks to textures in the tooth enamel along the biting surfaces.

For some people, these natural pits and fissures can be so deep that they actively trap stray food matter and bacterial residue. If they’re not cleaned on a daily basis, this material could promote the formation of large cavities.

If you have deep textures on your molars and premolars, our dentists might recommend protecting the biting surfaces with dental sealants.

This is a thin, durable, plastic resin that our dentists carefully paints onto the biting surfaces of molars and premolars. A special ultraviolet light will be used to harden the resin, creating a protective layer. If plaque and food particles get trapped on the biting surfaces, the dental sealants will prevent bacteria from having direct access to the underlying tooth enamel. Once the sealants have been hardened with a special ultraviolet light, they can last for many years.

Dental sealants are often applied immediately after your regular dental checkup at Family Dental of Lincoln. This way we known the enamel is perfectly clean.

If you are concerned about protecting your back teeth from occlusal cavities and you’re interested in dental sealants in Chicago, Illinois, you should call 773-561-5106 to schedule an appointment at Family Dental of Lincoln.