Fissure sealants involve applying a plastic material to one or more teeth, to aid in the prevention of decay.
The teeth particularly in the back of the mouth (molars and premolars) have numerous pits and grooves on their biting surfaces. These pits and grooves vary in size and depth, making certain areas of these teeth difficult to clean even with vigorous tooth brushing. To help rectify this, a sealant is applied over the pits and fissures, so that adequate brushing can occur.
If sealants are not placed then food can become trapped in these pits and grooves, and may not be adequately removed with tooth brushing, which can in turn lead to decay developing.
Fissure Sealants are an incredibly cost effective, non-invasive preventative measure designed to help prevent the need for fillings. Unlike with fillings, no cutting of the tooth is needed, and they cost much less than a conventional filling.
The optimum age for the placement of sealants is when permanent teeth first erupt. There is always a particular need for sealants to be placed on the first-erupting molars that generally occurs around the age of 6. However, Sealants can be placed no matter what age, depending on the integrity of the teeth involved. Elwood Family Dentist is happy to evaluate whether or not you or your child would benefit from this treatment.