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Fissure Sealants

What are Fissure Sealants?

•  Fissure Sealants are plastic coatings which are placed on new permanent molars.
•  The sealants are placed on the chewing surfaces of the molars and the sides which are at risk for tooth decay.

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How do Fissure sealants protect teeth?

•  Back molars have deep grooves which extend right down into the tooth.
•  Even if your child brushes thoroughly , these grooves can trap food and plaque easily which can cause tooth decay.
•  Fissure sealants close off these areas completely to block off particles of food and plaque.

How are Fissure Sealants done?

•  The teeth to be sealed are polished to remove food and plaque.
•  A runny jelly is placed on the tooth to prepare it for the sealant.
•  The jelly is rinsed off and the new sealant is placed.
•  A curing light hardens the sealant so that it may stick firmly on the tooth.
•  No injections or drilling is needed.

How long do Fissure Sealants last?

•  Fissure Sealants can last for many years. But six monthly checkups are important so that your Dentist/ Oral Hygienist can check if they are still intact or if they need replacement.