At Omnia Dental Spa we place great emphasis on preventing dental decay. Fissure sealants are an excellent method of providing an extra layer of protection against tooth decay.
What are fissure sealants?
Fissure sealants are a safe and painless way of protecting your teeth from decay. A sealant is a protective plastic coating, which is applied to the biting surfaces of the back (premolar and molar) teeth. The sealant forms a hard shield that stops food and plaque bacteria getting into the tiny grooves in the teeth and causing decay.
When should fissure sealants be applied?
Fissure sealants are normally applied as soon as the adult teeth start to come through, in order to provide maximum protection. The adult molars and premolars are usually sealed between the ages of 6-14 years, as the teeth erupt into the mouth.
What does the treatment involve?
The application of fissure sealants is usually a quick and straightforward procedure that only takes a few minutes for each tooth. The tooth is thoroughly cleaned and the surface is prepared with a special etching gel. The tooth is rinsed with water and dried. The liquid sealant is then carefully placed into the pits and fissures (grooves) of the tooth and is set by shining a bright blue light onto it.
How long do fissure sealants last?
Fissure sealants are very durable and usually last many years. At Omnia Dental Spa our dentists will check them regularly to ensure that the seal is still intact. Over time the sealants can wear down but it is a relatively simple procedure to add or replace the sealant in order to renew the protection.