The application of fissure sealants is a safe and painless procedure and relatively quick.
- The teeth that need sealing will be identified. These are usually the back teeth, the molars and premolars. Some of them have naturally deep grooves that will benefit from fissure sealants.
- Each tooth will be given a thorough cleaning.
- The tooth is then prepared with a mild solution to make it easy for the sealant to stick.
- The fissure sealant is applied and set with a beam of light.
The application of fissure sealants is necessary to preserve the integrity of your child’s permanent teeth. As soon as your child starts having permanent back teeth, which usually occurs between six and seven years, it is recommended that sealants be applied to the deep grooves to prevent decay formation.
At this time, it is important that you bring your child regularly to the dentist. He or she will be able to identify teeth that need to be sealed as well as check up on those that are already protected. Although sealants last for years, some will need replacement over time.
However, while fissure sealants will help prevent tooth decay, your child must continue practicing proper oral hygiene. Regular brushing and flossing will remove any food stuck in between teeth.
Regular visits to the dentist are recommended.