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Preventive Resin Restorations for Adolescents' Molars


Posted on 11/15/2023 by Weo Admin
Molar tooth with magnifying glass showing bacteriaPreventive care is crucial for maintaining good oral health, especially for adolescents, as their permanent teeth continue to erupt. One way dentists can get ahead of issues is through the use of Preventive Resin Restorations (PRR). This technique allows dentists to be proactive rather than reactive regarding tooth decay in molars.

How PRR Prevents Decay in Molars


The deep pits and grooves on molars provide the perfect place for bacteria and plaque accumulation. If decay takes hold in these vulnerable spots, it can rapidly spread. PRR aims to prevent this by sealing these areas with dental resin before any damage occurs.

The dentist starts by identifying an at-risk molar, showing no current decay. After thoroughly cleaning and isolating the tooth, they selectively etch only the pits and fissures. The tooth is rinsed and dried before a bonding agent is applied. Resin is then flowed into all the tiny grooves and hardened with curing light.

The Benefits of PRR for Teens


PRR offers a minimally invasive way to be proactive about tooth decay. The procedure requires no anesthesia and is done quickly. The resin blends seamlessly with the natural tooth. While not a guarantee against all decay, PRR meaningfully reduces the risk by protecting vulnerable spots. This allows adolescents to maintain the structural health of their permanent molars.

Maintaining a Beautiful Smile


With PRR and diligent oral hygiene, teens can feel confident showing off their pearly whites. This preventive measure allows them to preserve their molars in peak condition and avoid issues down the road. While professional services are most effective for major discoloration, natural remedies can also gently enhance teens' smiles. Strawberries, baking soda, and coconut oil pull offer inexpensive, low-risk ways to touch up minor stains.

The key is being proactive about oral health from an early age. With preventive thinking, adolescents can keep their permanent smiles looking happy and healthy for years.

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Nancy Shiba, DDS, 125 N Jackson Ave, Suite 103, San Jose, CA 95116-1914; (669) 306-7669; nancyshibadds.com; 5/16/2024