What is a Fissure Sealant?
It’s a preventative coating which can be applied to teeth to cover the deep grooves in teeth. Fissure sealants help prevent bacteria, as well as food particles, from getting stuck in these areas of the teeth. In this way, they help protect the teeth from decay-causing elements.
What are Fissure Sealants made of?
They are made from a resin material. Resin is a synthetic polymer. Fissure sealants can be clear, tinted or white. The sealant is applied to a cleaned tooth as a thin layer of liquid. The liquid becomes hard when a specialised light is used. Some sealants contain fluoride. Fissure sealants used at Corio Central Dental are BPA free and not toxic.
Who can get Fissure Sealants?
Fissure sealants are beneficial to patients of any age. They are safe and effective in both children and adults. They can only be applied to teeth which are still sound and have not formed a cavity. Once a tooth forms a cavity, it is no longer suitable for a fissure sealant. Decay needs to be removed first, and a dental filling placed, thereafter.
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Benefits of Fissure Sealants:
- cheaper than fillings
- avoid needles
- avoid pain
- avoid needing teeth removal
- avoid inconvenient dental emergencies after hours or on the weekends
- avoid need for antibiotics for dental infections
- less time off work for dental pain/infections
- appointments are planned in advance, so can be done at a time that suits you