Are fissure sealants necessary?

Fissure sealants help to prevent cavities in hard-to-reach places.

Fissure sealants are a preventive treatment for teeth that have deep vertical fissures or crevices in the chewing surfaces. These spaces can trap food particles, which leads to decay and cavities.  As your dentist will tell you, it’s not just about aesthetics—tooth decay in hard-to-reach areas of the mouth can lead to tooth loss if it is left untreated.

It is important to visit your dentist regularly so that they may evaluate whether or not fissure sealants are right for you. Filling these cracks with a material that resists acid helps protect against plaque build-up and tooth decay and are particularly helpful in preventing cavities in children. Read on to find out more about fissure sealants, what the process involves, and how they can help to maintain your family’s oral health…

What are fissure sealants?

Fissure sealants are a preventative treatment that help to protect pits and grooves in the teeth from bacteria and tooth decay. Sealants are made from a plastic coating, which is applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth in a quick and painless procedure. The sealant forms a protective barrier on the teeth and keeps food particles and bacteria out of the grooves and cervices of the back teeth.

Fissure sealants are applied to the molars and premolars at the back of the mouth as these are the teeth that have pits and grooves on their chewing surfaces.

What does the treatment involve?

The process of having fissure sealants placed is simple, quick and painless. In fact, the process only takes a few minutes for each tooth. Before your dentist begins, they will clean and prepare each of the back teeth. A sealant is then applied in its liquid form and hardened, often with the help of a special light.

Once the fissure sealants have been applied, you will be able to eat and drink as normal. You won’t feel any discomfort. It is important that you continue to practice proper oral hygiene — in fact, the chewing surfaces of your back teeth will be easier to clean as they will be smooth and sealed.

Are fissure sealants necessary?

Although it is not essential that you have fissure sealants applied, they can be very helpful in preventing tooth decay and cavities from developing in the back teeth. The back teeth will be easier to clean, and the sealants will form an effective barrier against bacteria. This means that your risk of tooth decay will be reduced, and you are less likely to need dental fillings in your back teeth. For these reasons, fissure sealants can help to maintain overall oral health in the long-term and are often recommended for children who are particularly prone to cavities.

How can we help?

Fissure sealants are often used to help prevent tooth decay in children and adults. If you have any questions about the benefits of this procedure our team is available to answer them for you.

We know how important good oral hygiene is when it comes to maintaining healthy teeth and gums, so don’t hesitate to reach out with any concerns or questions. At Dream Smiles Specialist Centre, we offer a range of children’s dentistry services, including fissure sealants. We encourage all of our patients to bring their little ones in from an early age so that we can help to maintain their oral health in the long-term.

If you would like to find out more about our children’s dentistry services, please have a look here.

To book an appointment at Dream Smiles Specialist Centre, please contact us here or give us a call on 07 33441220. We cater to all dental health needs and love treating members of the whole family. We look forward to welcoming you to our practice in Sunnybank and helping to keep your family’s smiles in good condition.