Fissure sealants are one of the most effective preventive measures in preventing tooth decay.
Most decay occurs on the chewing surface of the back teeth. These surfaces contain deep grooves and fissures that are usually very difficult to clean. They trap food, allowing bacteria to grow uninterrupted. This can lead to dental decay – especially in children with poor oral hygiene.
What are fissure sealants?
A fissure sealant is a thin coating of resin that is placed over the tooth to cover deep grooves and fissures. It helps to prevent food and plaque from accumulating. It is a quick and painless procedure that requires only a single visit.
When should fissure sealants be done?
At The Point Dental, we recommend that your child has their first fissure sealants bonded around the age of 6-7 years old (once the first permanent molars have fully erupted) and replaced around the age of 12-14 years for the second molars.
Fissure sealants can be bonded at any age as long as decay has not developed on your teeth. Fissure sealants are also effective for adults.