How Could Fissure Sealants Help My Child’s Teeth?
The large flat chewing surfaces of back teeth are covered with intricate grooves and fissures that are great at trapping bacteria and food. Often these fissures can be quite deep and tricky to clean. As a result, these areas can often develop cavities and fissure sealants are an excellent way to protect them. Fissure sealants seal these surfaces, preventing bacterial infection and decay so the teeth remain healthy, strong and cavity-free. They are easily applied and are a great preventative dental treatment.
When Can My Child Have Fissure Sealants?
We suggest applying fissure sealants to a child’s adult back teeth soon after they have erupted. This is because we can only use this treatment on teeth that are cavity free and healthy so it’s important to act quite quickly. Sometimes Tooth Savers may recommend using fissure sealants on a child’s milk teeth, particularly if they have exceptionally deep grooves that are difficult to clean with a toothbrush.
How Are Fissure Sealants Applied?
Fissure sealants consist of a thin plastic material that is very similar to composite resin used to fill teeth. After your child’s teeth have been cleaned, we lightly etch the surfaces to be sealed as this helps create a stronger bond between the sealant and the tooth. The sealant is simply painted onto the tooth surfaces so it can flow into all the grooves and fissures and will either harden naturally or can be hardened with a special light. The sealant is thin enough not to interfere with your child’s bite and afterwards they will be able to eat and drink normally as no anaesthetic is required for this treatment.
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