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The structural integrity of the biting surfaces of your teeth plays an important role in helping you break down and process food before swallowing. When one of these occlusal surfaces is compromised by a cavity, the discomfort and ancillary symptoms could significantly hamper your basic oral function.

So, it’s worth noting that some individuals have deep recesses in the biting surfaces of the molars and premolars at the back of their mouth. While these areas help the teeth chew and grind efficiently, they can also trap concentrated bacterial deposits.

If Drs. Chlebicki and Charles notice a problem like this during your dental exam, they might recommend applying dental sealants to the biting surfaces of each molar and premolar. This simple treatment can usually be performed immediately following the exam to ensure the tooth enamel is completely clean of any bacterial residue.

After painting the pliable dental resin onto the tooth, our dentists may use a special ultraviolet light to harden the dental sealants to the healthy tooth enamel. This will create thin clear barrier that prevents bacteria from gaining direct access to the underlying tooth enamel for up to a decade.

If you are in the Brentwood, California, area and you are concerned about preserving the health of your back teeth, you should call 925-634-3503 to schedule a checkup at Brentcourt Dental Group.