Fissure sealants are a safe and painless way to protect children’s teeth from decay. It is protective plastic costing that is applied to the pits and fissures of in the back teeth or molars which is more prone to decay. The chewing surfaces of the molars have grooves that are very difficult to clean in spite of proper brushing. As such, the bacteria and food particles stick into them causing tooth decay. Sealants seal off the grooves completely and prevent food particles from sticking onto it.
Dentists recommend the application of sealants to the permanent molars of children as soon as they erupt.
The procedure is very simple and painless. Firstly, the fissure is checked for any decay that is already present. Next, the tooth is cleaned, conditioned and dried. The liquid sealant is then poured into the fissure and allowed to set hard. This is usually done under a bright light. The tooth is now sealed away from decay. The entire process requires no drilling, no injections and is pain free.
It is applied on the first permanent back molars when the child is 6-7 years of age. It can also be applied to the rest of the molars usually when the child is between 11-14 years of age.
Though sealants require no special care, yet it is important to brush the teeth with fluoride toothpaste and to regularly visit the dentist. Sealants may last for several years but need regular checkups with a dentist. In case they wear over time, it may be added or replaced with sealants.
If you think that your child requires a sealant, talk to our dentist who can provide you with the best advice.