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Tooth decay can have serious ramifications to your oral health and function. If a large cavity forms, it can be troublesome in the short and long term. This can be an especially dangerous problem for the large molars and premolars in the back of your mouth. Many times, these teeth have deep pits and fissures in the tooth enamel on the biting surfaces. When plaque and food particles get trapped in these areas, it can cause large cavities.

Should Dr. Scott Ferguson notice a problem like this during your regular dental checkup, he might recommend dental sealants. These can often prove to be an effective preventative measure against tooth decay.

They are basically durable, plastic, resin shells that Dr. Scott Ferguson 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 beneath.

Dental sealants can be applied immediately after your regular dental checkup and cleaning to ensure the enamel is completely clean.

You can expect dental sealants to last for many years and they won’t be worn away by twice-daily brushing.

If you live in the Kimball, Michigan, area and you have concerns about preventing tooth decay, you should call 810.985.3301 to schedule a checkup at Scott J. Ferguson, DDS.