Most of our posterior teeth, the premolars and molars, have grooves in them called ‘fissures’. These fissures are potential sites of plaque and food accumulation, and particularly deep ones are a risk area for the development of tooth decay. Fissure sealants are dental coatings that fill the fissures and protect them against decay.
While we always encourage good brushing and a healthy diet, fissure sealants can be part of a preventative program that helps children in the fight against decay.
What can I expect?
Fissure sealants are straightforward to perform. We simply apply a gel to clean the tooth thoroughly, rinse the tooth, then apply and set the sealant with our light. The sealant is then checked for any deficiencies.
Fissure sealants are durable but like all work, sometimes need repairs. Regular checks-ups are vital in assessing the integrity of any work performed.
Sealants are one of many tools in preventing any problems. At Dr Virginia Williams’s Dental Practice, we can help advise you on what other options may be relevant to you or your child. Make an appointment with us on (03) 5331 9285.