Fissure sealants are plastic coatings that are applied on to the grooves of the back teeth. They are grooves usually found in the chewing surface of back teeth. Since they are difficult to clean so they have a higher risk for decay. They can be sealed with plastic to shield them.
Initially plastic can be runny but it becomes hard after some time. Sealants are used for permanent teeth are mainly for children with real teeth ( not milk teeth). They are transparent in color.
Our dentist at Alexandra Park Dental Practice will discuss the suitability of sealants after having an exam. Application of sealant can depend on the following:
- How much tooth has decayed
- The shape of the individual tooth
- General oral health of the child
What are the benefits
- Fissure sealants guard teeth from decay
- Fissure sealants can last for many years and even if they fall off, they can be restored swiftly if there is no decay in the tooth.
What will the dentist at Alexandra Park dental practice will do?
Our friendly dentist will:
- Clean the teeth thoroughly with a brush/ rubber polisher
- Dry each tooth and keep it dry with cotton wool rolls
- Touch mild acid on the tooth and leave it for a short time to make the tooth surface rough
- Wash and dry the tooth by flowing water and then put air onto it
- Paint the plastic onto the fissure
- Harden the plastic by pointing a bright light on it
- Check the bite is correct
- Trim any part of sealant which is not fitting