Throughout their early years, your child’s 20 primary teeth are being replaced with 32 permanent teeth. Permanent molars and premolars start to emerge for their gums during early adolescence. Sometimes permanent back teeth might have deep contours or pits, which might be a challenge to keep clean. If plaque and residual food particles are imbedded in these areas, it increases the likelihood of tooth decay setting in.
Cavities on the biting surface often need large fillings, which could be problematic later on. Your dentist might recommend dental sealants if your child has deeply pitted or contoured teeth. Your dentist can usually apply the sealants after your child’s regular dental checkup.
The sealants a durable plastic-resin that the dentist paints onto the biting surface of your child’s back teeth. A special ultraviolet light is used to harden the resin. If plaque and food particles get stuck in the deep contours, the resin will prevent bacteria from directly attacking the enamel biting surface.
With proper care they will be very durable and last for several years.
If you have any questions about dental sealants for yourself or your child, please call us at (701) 478-4500 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping your child protect their teeth for the long term!