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What you need to know about Fissure Sealants

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Today, we’re going to dive into the world of Fissure Sealants and explore what you need to know about them. But before we get started, let’s quickly understand your tooth structure and what tooth fissures are.

Tooth fissures are the tiny grooves and pits on the chewing surfaces of your back teeth. They might be invisible to the naked eye, but these fissures are a breeding ground for bacteria and can lead to tooth decay and cavities. That’s where Fissure Sealants come to the rescue!

What are Fissure Sealants?

Fissure Sealants are thin, protective coatings made of dental resin that is carefully applied to the chewing surfaces of your teeth. Acting as a barrier, they cover and seal the tooth fissures, preventing food particles and bacteria from settling in and causing tooth decay.

They can last for a long time with proper care and regular maintenance.

Who needs Fissure Sealants? 

Fissure Sealants are one of the most effective preventative dental solutions that can benefit everyone!

  • Kids and Teens – Fissure sealants provide an extra layer of defence against cavities during your child’s crucial dental development years. Since they are especially prone to decay during childhood, this solution is a great investment. 
  • Adults with deep fissures – Fissure sealants can be a great preventative measure for adults with vulnerable teeth and those who are susceptible to cavities.
  • Individuals with a history of cavities – Fissure sealants act as a protective shield, reducing the risk of new cavities and preserving your dental health.

Remember, these are just a few examples of who can benefit from Fissure Sealants. It’s always a good idea to consult with our dentist so we can evaluate your unique dental situation and recommend the best course of action for you.

The process of applying Fissure Sealants

Fissure Sealants are minimally invasive. They are usually quick and painless. 

Here’s how it works:

  1. First, your dentist will thoroughly clean and dry your tooth’s surface.
  2. A special gel is then applied to prepare the tooth, making it easier for the sealant to bond.
  3. Next, the sealant is carefully painted onto the tooth and hardened using a special bright light.

It’s that easy!

Benefits of Fissure Sealants

The benefits of Fissure Sealants are truly something to smile about! 

They’re a preventative superhero, shielding your teeth from the forces of tooth decay as much as possible. Here are some of the benefits of getting a Fissure Sealant done:

  • Prevents cavities and creates a smooth, protective layer that keeps out food particles and bacteria.
  • Designed to withstand the daily wear and tear of chewing and biting, offering long-lasting protection.
  • Fissure Sealants make your tooth’s surface smoother and easier to clean, which makes brushing and flossing more effective, improving your oral health
  • Compared to the cost of treating cavities and undergoing more extensive dental procedures, Fissure Sealants is a cost-effective preventative measure. 

By getting Fissure Sealants you’re taking a proactive step towards maintaining a healthy, beautiful smile. So, don’t hesitate to talk to our dentist about the advantages of fissure sealants and keep those pearly whites shining bright!