Fissure sealants are a preventative treatment which reduces the risk of decay.
What Are Dental Fissures?
Fissures are the grooves that naturally occur on all biting surfaces of teeth.
What Is Dental Fissure Sealant?
Fissure sealants are a preventative treatment which reduces the risk of decay. The fissures of molar teeth can be so narrow that one bristle on a toothbrush is unable to get down inside to keep them clean.
A fissure sealant is a non- invasive treatment meaning no damage is done to tooth structure, usually carried out on adult teeth which erupt into the mouth from about 6 years old.
Fissure sealants are especially helpful to use in children as their new permanent teeth can be a little more susceptible to decay before they have been exposed to topical fluoride.
The process involves flowing a resin material into the fissures and setting it with a blue light. This seals up the fissures and prevents plaque bacteria causing decay in these regions. As this is a preventative treatment, it is included in our junior care plan.
Is This treatment For Your Child?
This treatment is not appropriate for everyone and we can advise you whether it is something that would be suitable for you or your child.
In order to successfully place a fissure sealant, we need to keep the teeth really dry and for a patient to keep their mouth open whilst placing it, which means children cannot be too young.
Photo of fissure sealed teeth