The teeth usually affected are the molars at the back of the mouth, where food particles and bacteria can easily become trapped in the deep grooves (fissures) on the biting surfaces and potentially lead to decay. Fissure Sealants are thin plastic coatings used to shield these vulnerable areas and prevent the chance of cavities developing.
Fissure Sealants are most commonly used to safeguard children’s teeth, as these are typically more susceptible to decay. However, they can also be used for adults who are particularly concerned about protecting their teeth.
Fissure Sealants are a very effective preventative treatment and, along with good regular oral care, are a great way to keep teeth healthy and free from decay. They are long lasting and strong, while the procedure itself is quick, safe and painless. The plastic resin material used is clear or white in colour, allowing the sealants to be barely noticeable in the mouth.
Your dentist will initially examine you or your child’s teeth to asses whether Fissure Sealants are appropriate. If they are, then the treatment can usually be carried out by the dentist in a single visit. The teeth to be sealed are first carefully cleaned and dried. The biting surface is then roughened slightly in order for the sealant to securely adhere to the tooth. Once the sealant has then been applied it is hardened using a special UV lamp to achieve the final result.
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