What is it?
Grooves in the chewing surface of the back teeth are called fissures. They can be hard to clean which means those teeth are at extra risk of decay. Fissure sealants are made of a runny plastic that is painted onto the teeth. Once dried it becomes very tough. Fissure sealants are mainly used for children once they get their permanent teeth.
What does it involve?
The teeth will be cleaned, dried and the surface will be roughened with an acid. Once the mouth is fully dried, the dentist will paint the plastic sealant onto the fissures and harden it using a bright light. You will check if the tooth is comfortable to bite on and the dentist will trim the sealant.
What are the benefits?
- Fissure sealants prevent tooth decay by protecting the vulnerable back teeth
- They last for years and can easily be replaced if they fall our or wear out as long as the tooth underneath is not decayed