What is a fissure sealant?
A fissure sealant is a special material applied by dentists to seal fissures, which are pits and grooves in teeth, usually the molars and premolars, and normally so narrow that they cannot be cleaned using a toothbrush. If these are not sealed they may harbour the bacteria which can lead to decay.
Why might I need a fissure sealant applied?
We might suggest having a fissure sealant applied:
- If a routine examination reveals deep pits and grooves on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth
- When a child’s permanent teeth first erupt to give a protective seal
- If a child has experienced decay in their baby teeth
What is the benefit for me?
Sealants, when properly maintained during your routine dental examination, can be a long lasting and effective way to prevent decay occurring due to fissures which are naturally present in the teeth.