Q What are Fissure Sealants?
A Fissure Sealants are a safe and painless way or protecting your children’s
teeth from decay. A sealant is a protective plastic coating, which is
applied to the biting surfaces of the back teeth. The sealant forms a
hard shield that keeps food and bacteria from getting into the tiny
grooves in the teeth and causing decay.
Q Which teeth should be sealed?
A Sealants are only applied to the back teeth – the molars and
premolars. These are the teeth that have pits and fissures on their
biting surfaces. We will tell you which teeth should be sealed after
they have examined them, and checked whether the fissures are deep
enough for sealing to help.
Some teeth naturally form with deep grooves, which will need to be
sealed, others with shallow ones which will not need sealing
Q What is involved?
A The process is usually quick and straightforward taking only a few
minutes per tooth. The tooth is thoroughly cleaned, prepared with a
special solution, and dried.
The liquid sealant is then applied and allowed to set hard – usually by
shining an ultraviolet light onto it.
Q Will my child feel it?
A No, it is totally pain free, and the teeth do not feel any different
Q How long do they last?
A Sealants usually last for many years, but we will want to check them
regularly to make sure that the seal is still intact. They can wear over
time, and sometimes the dentist needs to add or replace some sealant to be sure that no decay can start
Q How do they work?
A The sealant forms a smooth, protective barrier, by covering all the little grooves and dips in the surface of the tooth.
Dental decay easily starts in these grooves.
Q When should this be done?
A Sealants are often applied as soon as the permanent teeth start to come through. This is usually between 6 and 7 years of age. The rest are usually sealed as soon as they appear which can be any time between 11 and 14 years of age.
Q Can be done?
However we now do a lot of sealants for older patients where there is a high risk of decay.
Q How much does it cost?
A It varies on the size of the tooth and the ease of access but as a guide fissure sealents are between £25 and £35
Q Do my children still have to clean their teeth?
A Yes. It is still vital that they do this. The smooth, sealed surface is now much easier to keep clean and healthy with
normal tooth brushing. Using a fluoride toothpaste will also help to protect your children’s teeth. Pit and fissure
sealing reduces tooth decay and the number of fillings your child might need.
Q Whom do I ask about the treatment?
A If you would like to know more about the treatment, ask your dentist or hygienist. They will tell you if fissure
sealing will help your children’s teeth, and if it is the right time to do it.
Have a read of our Fissure Sealant Leaflet
Combining the very latest Sealants as well as Ozone
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