Increase the protection of your teeth with our reliable fissure sealant services on the Central Coast.
Fissure sealants are an effective preventative treatment to protect your teeth from decay, and are commonly used in children’s dentistry to fight off the formation of cavities. They are easy and fast to apply, and are virtually invisible in the mouth.
Talk to our expert dentists at our Lake Haven practice on the Central Coast to see if fissure sealants are a good option for your child.
What are the benefits of fissure sealants?
As we do most of our chewing with our back teeth, they are the most vulnerable to developing cavities and tooth decay.
Our back teeth can contain deep grooves – known as fissures – where food, bacteria and plaque can buildup and cause decay. Fissures are difficult to clean with brushing alone, but fissure sealants can solve that problem by sealing the natural grooves to protect them from food, bacteria and plaque buildup.
What are fissure sealants made from?
Fissure sealants are a very thin plastic coating that is applied to seal the grooves in your back teeth.
We often recommend fissure sealants for young children as soon as their adult teeth erupt. This is an effective way to protect them from developing cavities and will likely save them from the need for fillings or other more complex dental procedures later in life.
What does the procedure involve?
Fissure sealants are strictly a preventative treatment and can only be applied to healthy teeth that show no signs of existing decay. The procedure is quick and easy and can be completed during a single visit to our Lake Haven practice.
After cleaning the tooth, your dentist will apply a gentle etching solution to the tooth that will help ensure a strong bond. The fissure sealant is then painted onto the tooth and either left to harden naturally or assisted to set with the use of a special light.
Fissure sealants last for several years, are virtually invisible and have no impact on biting or chewing.