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The molars and premolars in the back of your mouth work play an important role in chewing, grinding, and biting off tough foods. When a cavity compromise one of these teeth, it can limit your overall oral function and cause significant discomfort.

Some people have deep textures in the tooth enamel along the biting surface of their back teeth. This have the benefit of helping the teeth chew and grind efficiently. Unfortunately, the deep recesses in the tooth enamel could potentially trap small, bacterial deposits. If they’re not cleared away by your daily brushing attempts, it could gradually come to harbor a large area of tooth decay.

If your routine dental exam with Dr. Anoosheh Shahkarami reveals a situation like this, she might recommend cleaning the area before protecting the tooth with dental sealants. This is a special type of dental resin that creates a clear, impervious barrier along the biting surface of each molar and premolar. Even if plaque and food residue become trapped in the deep recesses they will be unable to access the healthy tooth enamel.

Dental sealants are designed to be durable enough to resist wear from biting, chewing, and daily brushing. Most can last for up to ten years. If you live in the Tarzana, California, area and you’re concerned about the long term health of your back teeth, you should call 818-345-5286 to schedule an appointment at SoCalSmiles Dental Office.