Fissure Sealants

Protect the chewing surface of teeth from decay.

The Problem:

Pits, fissures and grooves on the chew surfaces of back teeth are normal and can trap food and plaque that can't be removed by brushing or washed out by water or saliva.

The Solution:

A sealant is a tough, plastic material designed to bond with tooth enamel. These clear or tooth coloured sealants are painted onto the tooth surface to "seal" the pits and grooves and protect against decay. They are generally applied to children's first permanent back teeth. They can also be useful for adults in certain situations.

Advantages:

Sealants are an excellent way to protect chewing surfaces of teeth from decay. They can be a much better financial investment than treating decay after it has started.

Disadvantages:

Sealants are not permanent. They generally last about five years with normal wear, but can wear off or chip off earlier in certain instances. Also, sealants do not prevent decay between teeth or the onset of gum disease, so regular home care and dental visits are still necessary.

Alternatives:

There are no appropriate alternatives to sealants. If a tooth has decay, it will need a filling or other restoration.

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