The chewing surfaces of the back teeth are particularly prone towards developing cavities due to deep grooves that can be difficult to clean thoroughly. Fissure sealants are an effective and painless way to ensure these teeth are protected against decay. The sealant consists of a thin plastic coating that is applied to the biting surfaces of the back teeth, forming a barrier that prevents food and bacteria from getting into the fissures and causing decay.
Fissure sealants are only applied to the back teeth which include the molars and pre-motors and treatment is most effective when used soon after the adult teeth have erupted. Teeth that already have fillings or visible signs of decay cannot be sealed.
What Is the Procedure for Applying Fissure Sealants?
The sealants can be applied during one visit to either Swansea Dental Practice or Advance Family Dental as the process is very straightforward and quick. The tooth surfaces are treated with a special liquid that slightly roughens them, increasing the bond between the sealant and the tooth. Once the liquid has been washed off and the tooth is dried, the sealant is simply painted on and soon hardens. Fissure sealants will last for quite a few years but can be renewed periodically.