Dental Fissure Sealant Protects Your Teeth
A safe, quick, and easy way to protect your teeth is having one of our dentists apply a coating of fissure sealant. Fissures are grooves on the biting surface of your teeth. This sealant is only applied to the biting surface of your molars and premolars, the very back teeth.
The sealant forms a hard, protective shield that prevents food and bacteria from entering the small grooves that are naturally part of your teeth. With fewer particles getting into the grooves in your teeth to cause decay, the lower the risk of getting cavities and other issues.
Caring for Sealed Teeth
Fissure sealant prevents dental decay, but you still need to take care of your teeth by brushing and flossing every day. The smooth surface of teeth treated with sealant makes it easier to keep your teeth clean and healthy. Use fluoride toothpaste to help protect your teeth and reduce potential future cavities. If you have any questions about how to care for your teeth properly, see our oral hygiene tips or talk to a member of the Admiral House Dental team.
Do We Recommend Fissure Sealant at Admiral House?
We believe in treating areas that benefit the patient but we do not treat problems that do not exist or over treat patients. When we examine your mouth, we determine whether the fissures are deep enough for sealant to be required. Some teeth naturally have deeper grooves, which we would recommend sealing. If we see shallow fissures that are not a risk of tooth decay, we do not suggest sealing.
Once we see permanent teeth come through on patients around six or seven years old, we can determine if we need to apply fissure sealant. Their remaining teeth can be sealed as soon as they appear (if they have deep or concerning fissures), which usually occurs between 11 and 14 years old.
Fissure Sealant Treatment at Admiral House
Adding sealant to fissures is a quick and straightforward treatment that does not cause pain to our patients. After cleaning your teeth, we prepare and apply a liquid sealant to the biting surface of your back teeth. We shine a bright light onto the areas of application which sets the sealant solution so it dries hard.
You will not feel any difference when the treatment is over. It only takes a few minutes to apply and set the solution, so you will be on your way very quickly.
Our fissure sealant treatments last for several years. We check the sealant during your recall examinations to ensure that the seal is still intact. Over time, we may need to re-apply sealant or replace areas where the sealant has worn out. These touch-ups are necessary to ensure that no decay happens beneath the sealant’s protective layer.