Fissure sealants are a dental treatment that is used to protect the teeth from decay. They are a thin, resin coating that is applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (premolars and molars) to seal the grooves (fissures) and pits that are found on these surfaces.
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What are Fissure Sealants?
Fissure sealants are a preventative dental treatment that is designed to protect the teeth from decay by sealing the grooves and pits found on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. These grooves and pits are called fissures, and they are natural indentations found on the surface of the teeth that are difficult to clean with a toothbrush. Food particles and bacteria can become trapped in these fissures and can lead to tooth decay if not properly cleaned.
The procedure for applying fissure sealants is relatively simple and painless. The tooth is cleaned, and then an acid solution is applied to the chewing surface of the tooth to roughen it. This helps the sealant to bond better to the tooth. The sealant is then applied and hardened using a special light. Fissure sealants are made of a clear colourless resin that is painted onto the teeth. Once dried it becomes very tough. They are mainly used for children once they get their permanent teeth. The entire process usually takes just a few minutes per tooth.
What are the benefits?
According to the American Dental Association (ADA), fissure sealants can reduce the risk of decay in molar teeth by up to 80%.
The ADVANTAGES of fissure sealants include:
– They are a cost-effective way to prevent tooth decay.
– They are a non-invasive procedure, and do not require drilling or anaesthetic.
– They can be applied to children and adults, making them a good option for both paediatric and adult patients.
– They can last for several years, depending on the wear and tear of the tooth and the oral hygiene of the patient.
The DISADVANTAGES of fissure sealants include:
– They may not last as long as other types of dental restorations, such as fillings. However fissure sealants are a preventative treatment to stop caries or decay and fillings are more restorative to fix issues caused by decay.
– They may not be suitable for patients who have deep fissures or pits in their teeth.
What is the process?
It is a quick and easy way to protect the teeth from decay. Here’s what you can expect during the procedure:
1. The dentist will clean your teeth to remove any plaque or debris from the tooth surface.
2. An acid solution will be applied to the chewing surface of the tooth to roughen it. This is done to help the sealant adhere to the tooth surface.
3. The tooth is then washed and dried, and the sealant is applied to the tooth surface.
4. The sealant is then hardened using a special light.
5. The dentist will then check the bite and polish the sealant to ensure a smooth surface.
6. The entire process usually takes just a few minutes per tooth.
The procedure is relatively painless, and most patients report no discomfort during the treatment. Some patients may experience slight sensitivity or discomfort during or after the procedure, but this usually subsides quickly.
After the procedure, it’s important to follow the aftercare instructions provided by the dentist to ensure the longevity and effectiveness of the treatment.
It’s important to keep in mind that fissure sealants are not permanent, and they may wear away or become damaged over time. Regular check-ups with the dentist are necessary to evaluate the condition of the sealants and to reapply them if necessary.
Preventive dentistry services cover a wide range of procedures to maintain and improve your oral health and interventions for issues.
The practice covers core procedures from diagnostics and preventive interventions to complete recovery from any oral health issue.
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When you come to Holford Partners Curaden for preventive dentistry, either a dental examination or a check-up, we will look at your teeth and assess your oral health.
We will use tools including a mirror and probe to see all parts of your mouth thoroughly.
Once we have a diagnosis, we will prescribe you either hygiene cleaning, maintenance instructions, products you must use, or treatment if you have an issue.
A dental examination is a painless process that you should do regularly, at least once every six months.
Regular check-ups will help you prevent complex dental problems that will cost you a lot of money in the future.
Check-ups are a basic but valuable service that you need for preventive oral care. You cannot simply self-check because a dentist will have professional tools.
During your regular visits to the dental clinic, you should also see the hygienist for your hygiene cleans, as well as your dentist who will give you solid, professional advice on how to maintain a healthy mouth.
During your regular check-up or when you call for an emergency appointment, your dentist will see if you need treatment and do it as early as possible.
Fissure sealants are not permanent and they may wear away or become damaged over time. They typically last for several years, but their longevity depends on the wear and tear of the tooth and the oral hygiene of the patient. Regular dental check-ups are necessary to evaluate the condition of the sealants and to reapply them if necessary.
Fissure sealants are typically recommended for children and young adults as they are more likely to have deep grooves in their molars that are harder to clean and more prone to decay. However, adults can also benefit from fissure sealants if they have deep grooves in their molars and are at a higher risk of tooth decay.
The procedure for applying fissure sealants is typically done by a dentist or dental hygienist, and it typically takes just a few minutes per tooth. The tooth is first cleaned, and then an acid solution is applied to the chewing surface of the tooth to roughen it. This helps the sealant to bond better to the tooth. The sealant, which is typically made of a plastic material, is then applied to the tooth and hardened using a special light.
Fissure sealants are generally considered safe and have minimal risks when applied by a qualified and licensed dental professional. The procedure is non-invasive and does not require drilling or anesthesia.
The procedure for applying fissure sealants is typically painless. Some patients may experience slight sensitivity or discomfort during or after the procedure, but this usually subsides quickly.
Yes, you can continue to brush and floss your teeth normally after the fissure sealants are applied. It’s important to maintain good oral hygiene to help prolong the life of the sealants.
They are not suitable for everyone and may not be recommended for patients who have deep fissures or pits in their teeth or a history of tooth decay. It’s important to consult with a dentist to determine if fissure sealants are the right option for you and your oral health needs.
It is recommended to schedule a follow-up appointment with the dentist to check the condition of the fissure sealants and ensure they are still effective. These appointments can be included in regular dental check-ups.