Fissures, or the tiny grooves on the chewing surfaces of your teeth can be susceptible to decay. Because these grooves are very small, your toothbrush bristles can’t easily get into them to remove food particles.
Fissure sealants are a paste or gel made of a specific type of plastic material such as resin. They are highly effective in protecting your teeth to prevent the formation of decay on the biting surfaces.
A fissure sealant is a simple, quick and straightforward procedure that can be completed in one visit.
As the name implies, sealants “seal” the grooves and act as barriers that protect the tooth enamel from food debris, plaque, and even acid. The procedure is a painless and preventative one that helps protect both children and adults’ teeth.
Benefits of Dental Sealants
Fissure sealants offer a number of benefits and advantages such as the following:
- Barely noticeable and look natural on teeth
- Fill and block up the pits and grooves of your teeth to prevent decay
- Only takes a few minutes to apply the treatment
- The procedure doesn’t require injections or drilling
- Doesn’t cause pain
- Do not dissolve in saliva
- Safe and non-invasive procedure
- Sealants can last up to 7 to 15 years
- Ideal for patients who suffer from frequent dry mouth
- Reduces the development of decay between 90% to 100%
How Sealants Are Placed?
Step 1: Clean the tooth
In order for the sealant to bond properly, the dentist will first clean the surface of the tooth. The surface will be scrubbed and the grooves will be cleaned out using a small brush placed on a dental drill. After the cleaning procedure, the dentist will dry the tooth.
Step 2: Condition the tooth’s surface
The dentist will apply etching gel on the area where the sealant will be placed. The gel will be allowed to sit on the tooth for around 20 to 60 seconds before being washed off. The etching gel is used so that the sealant can easily bond to the tooth.
Step 3: Application of the sealant
Once the tooth is dry, the dentist will apply the sealant into the grooves of the tooth. The dentist may use a small brush or a mini syringe to squirt the sealant on the tooth.
Step 4: Curing
The dentist will use a curing light to set the sealant on your tooth. This process helps the sealant to harden on the tooth surface in less than a minute.
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Fissure sealant is an excellent preventative measure for children and adults. Protect your smile and teeth today with the remarkable fissure sealants. We use premium quality materials for our sealants so that, along with your proper care at home, they can last for many years to come.