Fissure Sealant

FISSURE SEALANTS FOR TEETH

As the saying goes, prevention is better than cure, and that certainly applies to tooth decay. While a quality oral hygiene routine comprised of brushing twice daily and flossing will certainly help prevent decay, it never hurts to have a little extra help. This is where fissure sealants for teeth can be useful. Make an appointment with Dentistree today to find out how sealants can offer added protection beyond brushing and flossing.

WHAT ARE FISSURE SEALANTS?

03-05-01-2Fissure sealants for teeth are put on the chewing surface of adult molar teeth to prevent the formation of cavities. The tooth coloured liquid can be applied for children whose adult molar teeth have broken through, or for adults looking to preserve their teeth. Once the fissure sealant coating has been added to the tooth, it becomes permanent and will remain for a number of years before needing to be reapplied.

WHY ARE FISSURE SEALANTS FOR TEETH NECESSARY?

The back teeth are notoriously difficult to clean properly and thoroughly, especially for children. Known as premolars and molars, the biting surfaces of these teeth are characterised by deep pits and grooves that can be hard to clean. When food debris gets trapped in these pits and grooves and combines with the bacteria that live in the mouth, it creates the perfect conditions for cavities to start forming. But when sealants for teeth are applied, they fill in those gaps and grooves and effectively prevent food particles from building up and causing cavities.

THE PROCEDURE

The process of applying sealants for teeth goes as follows:

  • The affected teeth are cleaned and dried prior to the sealants being applied
  • The tooth’s chewing surface is prepared in order to accept the fissure sealant
  • Using a small brush, the fissure sealant is applied to the tooth and toughened with help from a concentrated beam of ultraviolet light

If you have any more queries about sealants for teeth, or if you’re ready to make an appointment, contact us online or call (03) 9763 7333.

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