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Fissure Sealants

Fissure Sealants Tuggeranong

Fissure sealants can protect children’s teeth from decay

Fissure sealants are one of the preventive dental services that we offer, especially for children. They are used to reduce the incidence of decay in the grooves of teeth.

Why Are Fissure Sealants Sometimes Recommended?

Some teeth develop with very deep grooves, usually on the chewing surface, although grooves and pits can occur anywhere in the enamel coating of a tooth. These pits and grooves are often referred to as “fissures”.

The bacteria in plaque can settle into a fissure as soon as the tooth emerges through the gum. Tooth brush bristles can’t fit into narrow fissures to remove the plaque and food debris, and toothpaste and mouthwash can’t penetrate deeply enough to make a difference. Teeth with deep fissures can often become decayed very quickly as a result, even in the most well-cared for mouth.

Who Should Get Fissure Sealants?

Our dentists recommend that Fissure Sealants are placed in such teeth as early as possible, preferably as soon as they have emerged into the mouth. This means that children as young as five or six may need to have them placed.

It’s a straightforward procedure, with no drilling or anaesthetic required.

How Are Fissure Sealants Placed?

Your dentist will first clean and dry the tooth: then the sealant is squeezed into the fissures, much like a gap filler, and is allowed to set. The physical presence of the sealant prevents plaque bacteria and food debris from settling into the fissures, thereby preventing decay.

We like to use a very pale pink sealant material: this makes it easy to see where the sealant has been placed and to assess its integrity over the years. Fissure sealants do wear out and may need to be topped up or replaced.

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