Southport Park Family Dental

Fissure Sealants

Fissure sealants are a protective layer that is applied to the fissures (or grooves) of the teeth to reduce dental decay. This applies a protective layer to the tooth against bacteria which causes plaque and decay. Fissure sealants are most commonly performed on children when the first molars come through.

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How Do Fissure Sealants Protect Teeth?

Fissure sealants are mostly done on children however, adults can have them also. They are generally applied to the back teeth known as molars. These generally will come through at the age of six years. Molars can have deep grooves in them. These grooves (fissures) can trap food and plaque and make it difficult to clean the tooth properly which can lead to tooth decay. Fissure sealants can help minimise this by filling in those grooves. The dentist may recommend whether a fissure sealant is beneficial for you or your children during your routine check-up and clean.

Fissure sealants are usually a quick procedure. They do not normally require anaesthetic or drilling. This can make them a simple and effective way to help reduce tooth decay.