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Fissure Sealants

Dental Procedures, Oral Care

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.


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.

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