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Protective treatment to stop decay

Fissures are the thin grooves on the chewing surfaces of teeth. No matter how well they are brushed, bacteria can still collect within them and eventually cause decay. A fissure sealant is a safe plastic coating applied to the tooth to stop food particles and bacteria from settling in these hard-to-clean grooves. This preventive treatment is normally given to children whose permanent teeth are starting to emerge, usually between six and seven years old.

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What are the benefits of fissure sealants?

  • Quick and easy to apply
  • No need for anaesthetic or drilling
  • Protect against tooth decay and cavities
  • Unable to be seen when in place

What does the treatment involve?

We begin your treatment by polishing your tooth, to remove plaque and food debris from the fissure surfaces.

The surface of the tooth is etched with a special solution. We then rinse this solution and dry your tooth, before applying the sealant using a brush.

We harden the sealant with a curing light, ensuring it quickly bonds with the surface and forms a tough coating.

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Frequently asked questions

  • To ensure sealants offer the best protection, it is important they are used in conjunction with a comprehensive dental care routine that includes effective brushing, flossing and a healthy diet. However, treated teeth will have smoother surfaces, so they will be much easier to keep clean.

  • Sealants can last for many years, but regular check-ups are necessary to ensure they continue to remain intact.

  • Your child’s dentist will keep an eye on their teeth during regular check up appointments, and will be able to advise you when fissure sealants may be necessary. We will talk you through why your child needs a fissure sealant and how the procedure works.

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