What is a fissure sealant?
Fissure sealant is a layer of material applied on the children's teeth to protect them from decay. A sealant is applied to the biting surfaces of the back teeth ( molars and premolars). By forming a hard shield sealant keeps food and bacteria from getting into the grooves in the teeth and causing decay.
Which teeth should be sealed?
Sealants can be applied to the back teeth ( the molars and premolars). These are the teeth that have pits and fissures on their biting surfaces and are prone to decay.
What is involved in this treatment?
The process is very quick and very much straightforward. The tooth is firstly cleaned, prepared with a special etching gel, and dried up. The sealant is then applied and allowed to set hard.
Is it painfull treatment ?
No, it is completely pain free, and the teeth do not feel different afterwards.
How long will fissure sealant last?
Sealants can last for many years, but they require to be check regularly to make sure that the seal stays intact. As they can wear over time sometimes the dentist needs to add or replace some of the sealant.
When should my kids have this done?
Fissure sealants can be applied as soon as the permanent teeth start to come through. This is usually between 6 and 7 years of age. The rest teeth are usually sealed as soon as they appear. This can be any time between 11 and 14 years of age.