Fissure
Sealants

A fissure sealant is a thin coating that is applied to the chewing surfaces of molars, premolars, and any deep grooves, known as pits and fissures, on the teeth. These deep grooves are often where dental decay begins, as they can be hard to clean and are highly susceptible to decay. The sealant works by creating a smooth, easy-to-clean surface that protects the tooth by sealing these deep grooves.

The process of applying fissure sealants involves the following steps:

  1. Cleaning: The teeth to be sealed are thoroughly cleaned to ensure the surface is free of debris and plaque.
  2. Preparation: A special solution is applied to the enamel surface to facilitate the bonding of the sealant to the teeth.
  3. Application: The sealant material is carefully painted onto the enamel surface to cover the deep grooves or depressions.
  4. Setting: Once applied, the sealants set and become virtually invisible during everyday activities such as talking or smiling.

Fissure sealants can last for several years before they begin to wear out. It is important to attend regular check-ups with a dental professional to ensure that the sealants are maintained in good condition. This proactive approach to dental care can help to maximize the effectiveness of the sealants in protecting the teeth from decay.

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