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Fissure Treatment

Sealing The Gaps

Pits and fissures in the teeth are not only a gateway to decay but can be an irritating place for tiny chunks of food to get stuck.

These fissures can be covered with a special sealant to prevent further decay. The sealant is a painless and harmless way to protect your back teeth.

Your dentist will recommend fissure treatment to you if you would benefit from an application.

 

What is involved?

The process is quick and straightforward, taking only a few minutes for each tooth. The tooth is thoroughly cleaned, prepared with a special solution, and dried. The liquid sealant is then applied and allowed to set hard, sealing any fissures and pits so that they do not develop into cavities.

Will applying a sealant cause any discomfort or pain?

No – both during and after the application you should feel no discomfort or pain.

How long will the sealant last?

Sealants usually last for many years, but we will want to check them regularly to make sure that the seal is still intact. They can wear over time, and sometimes we need to add some sealant to make sure that no decay starts underneath.

How does it work?

The sealant forms a smooth, protective barrier by covering grooves and dips in the surface of the tooth. Dental decay can happen if these grooves are not sealed.

Can I brush my teeth with the sealant on?

Yes. You’ll find the smooth, sealed surface is much easier to keep clean. Use a fluoride toothpaste, last thing at night and at least one other time during the day.  Fissure treatment reduces tooth decay and the number of fillings you might need, so with good brushing and avoidance of sugary drinks and snacks, you’re on to a winner!