Fissure Sealant

What is fissure sealant, and how can it protect your teeth?
Fissure sealant is a protective coating that is applied to the grooves and pits on the chewing surfaces of your back teeth (molars and premolars). These grooves and pits, called fissures, are often too deep and narrow for your toothbrush to reach, making them prone to plaque buildup and decay.
Fissure sealant fills in these fissures and creates a smooth surface that is easier to clean and resistant to bacteria. It is made of tooth-coloured resin that bonds to enamel and hardens with a special light.
Fissure sealant is a simple, painless, and effective way to prevent tooth decay and cavities. It is especially recommended for children and teenagers, as their newly erupted teeth are more vulnerable to decay. However, adults can also benefit from fissure sealant if they have deep grooves or pits in their teeth.

The procedure of applying fissure sealant is quick and easy. It usually takes only a few minutes per tooth and does not require any drilling or anaesthesia. Our dentist will:

• Clean and dry your tooth

• Apply a gel to roughen the tooth surface and help the sealant bond

• Rinse and dry your tooth

• Paint the liquid sealant onto the fissure

• Use a special light to set and harden the sealant

• Check your bite and polish off any excess sealant

Fissure sealant can last for several years before it needs to be replaced. Dentists will check your sealant’s condition during regular dental check-ups and reapply it if necessary.
Fissure sealant is a preventive measure that can help you maintain your oral health and avoid more costly and complex dental treatments in the future. You can ensure your smile and health are in good shape by visiting us regularly and following advice on oral hygiene, diet, and fluoride use.
If you want to learn more about fissure sealant and how it can protect your teeth, please contact us or book an appointment online. We are happy to answer your questions and provide you with the best dental care possible.