Cavities can start out small, yet in a short amount of time they can turn out to be a big problem. If the tooth decay worsens to compromise a large amount of tooth enamel it could require invasive treatment and significant dental restorations.
Most of the time your daily oral hygiene routine and your regular dental checkups with Dr. John P. Blake will prove sufficient for preventing cavities before they have a chance to fully develop.
Yet some people have deep textures, pits in the tooth enamel on the biting surface of their molars and premolars. Sometimes these deep recesses can gradually start to collect residual food material and plaque, which could produce large areas of tooth decay.
If Dr. John P. Blake notices a problem like this during your dental checkup, he might recommend applying dental sealants to the biting surfaces of each back tooth. They are essentially composed of a durable dental resin that he carefully applies to the biting surfaces of your molars and premolars.
Once they have been cured and bonded to the teeth, they will create an effective barrier between bacteria and the underlying tooth enamel. If any residual food particles get stuck in the pits and fissures the dental resin will keep bacteria from direct access to the tooth enamel.
The durable dental sealants can help protect your molars and premolars from cavities for up to a decade.
If you live in the Lake Orion, Michigan, area and you are concerned about the health of your teeth, you should call 248.693.5800 to schedule a dental checkup at John Blake, DDS, PC.