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It’s relatively common for there to be deep pits and fissures in the tooth enamel of your premolars and molars. These teeth in the back of your mouth are called upon to do a lot of chewing and grinding and these sharp textures help make the teeth more efficient. Unfortunately, these areas can also trap food materials and plaque. Since they’re hard to clean, these teeth could foster tooth decay.

When this happens, Dr. Michael Scholes might have to use large inlay or onlay fillings to repair the cavities. Even though these large fillings effectively repair the integrity of the biting surface, they could suffer complications as the years go by.

If we notice a problem like this during your regular dental checkup, your dentist might recommend applying dental sealants to your back teeth.

These are basically durable, plastic, resin shells that the dentist paints onto the biting surfaces of your molars and premolars. Then, he will use a special ultraviolet light to harden the resin, creating a barrier that prevents direct contact between the bacteria in your mouth and the healthy underlying tooth enamel.

We often recommend having dental sealants applied immediately following your regular dental checkup. This way we know the enamel area is thoroughly cleaned and prepared. Once the sealants have hardened in place, they will be very durable. Even with brushing twice a day, they should last for many years.

If you’re interested in protecting your teeth with dental sealants in Couer d'Alene, Idaho, you should call 208-667-1578 to schedule an appointment at Scholes Family Dental.