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The occlusal or biting surfaces of your back teeth often have deep textures in the tooth enamel. This is intended to make them more efficient at grinding and chewing food. Unfortunately, these areas can also trap food particles and bacterial deposits. If your twice-daily brushing fails to remove them, these hard-to-clean places could start to foster large cavities.

If Dr. Joseph Neeley notices a problem like this during your regular dental checkup, he might recommend dental sealants.

Dental sealants in Austin, Texas, are basically durable, plastic, resin shells that your dentist paints onto the biting surfaces of your molars and premolars. A special ultraviolet light will be used to harden the resin. Even if plaque and food particles get stuck on the biting surfaces, the sealants will prevent bacteria from having direct access to the healthy tooth enamel.

Dental sealants can be applied immediately at the end of your checkup so we know the tooth enamel is perfectly clean.

You can expect dental sealants to last for many years and they won’t be worn away when you brush your teeth twice each day.

If you are interested in preventing cavities on your back teeth, you should call 512-327-6947 to schedule a checkup with dental sealants at Barton Oaks Dental Group.