Everything you need to know about fissure sealants
Protect your child’s teeth from harmful bacteria and cavities.
Wouldn’t it be great if you could cover your children’s teeth protecting them from bacteria and cavities while still allowing them to use their teeth as they should?
Thanks to fissure sealants, this is possible.
What are fissure sealants made of?
Fissure sealants are made out of a tough plastic material that is durable enough to withstand the daily function of the teeth yet is thin and pliable enough to mould to the tooth and remain attached without disrupting these functions.
When applied, the sealant is soft so that it can mould itself to the surface of the tooth. This is where it serves as a protective layer preventing food from getting stuck in your child’s molars and pre-molars.
Who should get them
Fissure sealants are a protective measure taken to prevent cavities. They are best used by children as soon as their permanent molars erupt. It is best to protect the teeth as soon as they come in so that they stay in peek condition.
Adults who have healthy molars with no cavities can also benefit from this form of dental protection to avoid getting cavities in the future.
Fissure sealants may work similarly to fillings however, they are not fillings and cannot be used to fill cavities or on teeth that have already had fillings installed.
The benefits of fissure sealants
The greatest benefit of having dental fissures is that they prevent cavities which can be painful and expensive to repair.
Although they wear out over the years, fissure sealants are inexpensive and painlessly installed. Sealants can last up to six years without needing to be replaced.
Cavities often develop in the places you cannot ordinarily reach with your daily brushing and flossing. Protecting these areas before they are affected by the bacteria that causes cavities can be a smart and simple way of preventing cavities from forming.
How fissure sealants are placed
Fissure sealants can be placed at a regular dental check-up. The tooth is first cleaned to avoid trapping any bacteria or food particles on the tooth. This thorough cleaning also ensures that the sealant is properly bonded to the tooth and is also an opportunity to check if the tooth is indeed free of cavities, damage and is of a viable shape for the sealant.
Etching gel is then applied to the tooth and allowed to dry for a few seconds before it is removed. This is another measure to ensure the sealant will bond properly to the tooth. The etching gel also kills any bacteria on the tooth that was not removed from the clean.
After the etching gel is washed off, liquid resin-based plastic is then used to seal off the fissures and pits of your child’s molars and pre-molars. Although this changes the chewing surface of the tooth, the plastic is thin which does not change or impair the ability to chew.
The sealant is then dried and evaluated including a bite test that ensures the sealant has been placed correctly and does not negatively affect your child’s bite.
Dental fissure sealants in Perth
Access Dental Care offer dental sealants and a variety of procedures to protect and maintain your dental health. Fissure sealants are recommended for children who have cut their permanent molars and do not have any dental damage or cavities.
Adults looking to reap the same benefits may do so after a dental check up to see if they are candidates for successful fissure sealing.
For more information on dental fissure sealing contact Access Dental Care today.