Fissure sealants are used to protect teeth from tooth decay.
This treatment works by filling the grooves and fissures in teeth that are hard to clean properly through regular brushing and flossing. A thin plastic coating is applied to the chewing surfaces of teeth to fill these grooves and create a shield of protection against tooth decay.
At Northern Beaches Dental, our fissure sealant treatment is completely pain free and conducted during a single appointment. During this appointment:
- Teeth are professionally cleaned and dried.
- An acidic solution is applied to the chewing surfaces of the teeth to create a roughened surface in preparation for bonding.
- Fissure sealant is then painted onto the tooth enamel, where it bonds directly to the tooth.
- The sealant is then hardened with a curing light.
If proper oral hygiene is maintained, sealants can last for up to 10 years, and can easily be replaced or repaired.