The permanent molars and premolars in the back of your mouth play an important role in a wide range of oral functions. Premolars often help with biting off pieces of hard and tough foods. They also work in concert with your molars to breakdown and grind food before swallowing.
Many people have deep pits, and fissures in the biting surfaces of these teeth to help make them more efficient at processing food. Unfortunately, some of these deep recesses can also trap bacterial deposits that encourage cavities.
If Dr. Richard Healy finds a problem like this during your regular dental checkup, he might recommend applying dental sealants to the biting surfaces of your molars and premolars.
Once they have been painted onto the biting surface and cured by a special ultraviolet light the dental sealants will fully bond with the tooth enamel. This will effectively create an invisible barrier blocking oral bacteria from direct access to the underlying tooth enamel.
If you live in the Santa Maria, California, area and you are concerned about preserving the health of your molars and premolars, you should call 805-928-3928 to schedule a checkup at Richard Healy DDS.