Fissure sealants are placed in a painless procedure.
Fissure sealants are a helpful preventative measure when it comes to keeping tooth decay and cavities at bay. The treatment itself is simple, affordable, and protects the chewing surfaces of the teeth from damage. But does it cause pain? And is the procedure worth it in the long run? Read on to find out more about fissure sealants, what their function is, and what the procedure involves…
What are fissure sealants?
Fissure sealants are a thin coating of durable plastic resin material that is painted on the chewing surface of the molars. The function of fissure sealants is to protect the teeth from cavities. Fissure sealants are designed to last for many years.
You might consider fissure sealants for yourself or your child if you are concerned about hard-to-reach areas of your mouth being vulnerable to tooth decay and cavities. The premolars and molars, which are located at the back of the mouth, have pits and grooves on their chewing surfaces which can be deep and difficult to clean with brushing. By applying fissure sealants to these areas of the mouth, it is easier to clean the teeth and prevent harmful bacteria from accumulating.
What does the procedure involve?
Before fissure sealants are placed, your dentist will first clean and dry the teeth. The chewing surfaces of the back teeth will then be prepared. The fissure sealant is applied in liquid form with a small brush. The liquid is then hardened with the use of a contracted beam of ultraviolet light.
The procedure is completely non-invasive and does not cause any pain or discomfort. There are no side-effects following the treatment, and you will be able to eat as normal immediately after your procedure.
Is the treatment worth it?
Fissure sealants are very effective when it comes to preventing tooth decay and cavities, and considering the process is quick and painless, it is well worth the effort. Fissure sealants should last for many years, but it is important to note that they can fall out or wear away over time. For this reason, it is very important that you see your dentist for regular check-ups. If your fissure sealants are damaged or worn down, your dentist may recommend that they be reapplied.
It is best to have your children’s teeth sealed when their adult molars and premolars have erupted. At this age, your little one should be able to tolerate more time in the dental chair without any issues. If you never had the opportunity to have fissure sealants placed as a child, it’s not too late. The treatment is suitable for both adults and children provided you don’t already have restorations or implants in the relevant teeth. The treatment is both safe and effective and helps to maintain overall oral health in the long-term.
How can we help?
At Access Dental Care, we offer a range of children’s dentistry services, including fissure sealants. If you are considering the treatment for your child, we encourage you to bring them in for a consultation so that we can discuss the procedure in detail with you and address any questions that you have. The treatment is non-invasive and painless and can go a long way in preventing tooth decay in hard-to-reach areas of the mouth.
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If you would like to arrange an appointment, please give us a call on (08) 9485 0600 or get in touch with us here. We look forward to helping you and your family enjoy healthy and happy smiles.
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