Fissure Sealants are a preventative measure to help protect teeth from decay.
Molar teeth often have deep grooves in the biting and chewing surfaces. The natural action of chewing food can press small food particles into these grooves. Even the very best home dental hygiene practices may not fully remove these particles. This leaves the tooth prone to decay.
Many studies have shown that fissure sealants are effective in reducing the occurrence of tooth decay. On a tooth surface with completely sealed fissures, protection levels are at their best. Fissure sealants will wear down over time therefore protection will be reduced as time goes by. In saying this, even after five years, a protected tooth has half the risk of decay in comparison to an unprotected tooth.*
- Treatment of deep fissures is a non-invasive and painless procedure, with a coat of sealant applied to a cleaned tooth.
- The sealant sets in minutes and forms a physical barrier that stops food, bacteria and plaque acids from contacting the tooth.
- Fissure sealants are typically white, clear or tinted to blend into the shade of the tooth surface.
- Most sealants are applied to the premolars and molars, however, any tooth that has fissures can be treated including incisors.
- Primary molars (also known as baby teeth or baby molars) can be recommended for preventative treatment with fissure sealants.
- Fissure sealants do wear away gradually over a few years and need to be reapplied.
If you think you need fissure sealants and would like to check the health of your teeth or are overdue for a dental check-up, please call Salamanca Dental on (03) 62888070, contact us here, or book online using the button at the top of this page.
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* Australian Dental Association: Fissure Sealant – A guide for parents and patients : brochure (edition 2/23 May 2013)