Fissure Sealants

Have you ever wondered if you could put a sealant on your teeth to protect them from tooth decay? Just like when you apply a sealant spray to your new lounge suite to protect it from dust and stains, you can do the same for your teeth.

Every one of us has dental fissures which are grooves that naturally occur on the biting surfaces of our teeth. All molars and premolars have fissures to some degree. When these fissures become relatively deep and narrow, it becomes more difficult to keep them clean through brushing because the bristles do not fit or reach inside them to clean out food particles. Trapped food attracts bacteria which create plaque. The acids in plaque eat into the tooth causing enamel decay.

Research shows that fissures are five times more likely to develop tooth decay than other tooth surfaces. This is particularly evident in children and adolescents where the chewing and biting surfaces of molars and premolars are most vulnerable.

Gentle Dental can help protect you or your child from tooth decay by using fissure sealants. For children, it has become common practice to fissure seal all adult molar teeth in order to prevent tooth decay resulting from high sugar and acid diets. Fissure sealants are plastic coatings that fill the fissures and protect teeth from dental plaque build-up and acids. All sealants used at Gentle Dental are fluoride releasing as well to strengthen teeth.

How effective are fissure sealants?
Studies into the use of fissure sealants have revealed extraordinary results in preventing tooth decay. Completely sealed fissures have been shown to have 100 per cent protection over five years. Even after this time as sealants are worn down, there is a 50 per cent reduction in tooth decay occurrence in teeth fissures.

Fissure sealant application
Fissure sealants can be simply applied to your teeth in a single appointment. The general procedure involves cleaning and drying your teeth and application of a chemical solution to ensure the bonding of the sealant to your teeth surface. The solution is set with a curing light. We then ensure your bite is comfortable. Your bite should not feel any different after application.

Once your teeth have been sealed, a regular check up as recommended every 6-12 months allows early detection of sealant loss or tooth decay. A sealant can be easily replaced if lost or worn down.

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