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Ever wondered if there was a way to prevent decays forming on your back teeth?
Well sealants are your answer!
Dental fissure sealants are a dental treatment intended to prevent tooth decay. Applying these sealants is a quick and painless procedure!
Sealant is commonly applied to the grooves, and pits of the back molars. The sealants provide a barrier against bacteria that can cause plaque. They are designed to prevent tooth decay and cavities. They provide extra protection from decay, even for those who drink fluoridated water and brush with fluoride toothpaste. Complications are very rare but can include an allergic reaction to the sealants, or change in your bite if the sealant layer is thick which can be adjusted.
Curious about if you need sealants or not?
Well your dentist might advise you to have fissure sealants if you have large grooves or pits in your teeth. This would be discussed between you and your dentist to see if they are necessary, as not all teeth need sealants.
It is a very simple procedure that includes these steps:
- Clean and dry the tooth
- Prepare the tooth surface so the sealants bond well
- Paint on the liquid sealant, which flows into the deep grooves and pits
- Bond and harden the sealant with strong light
- Check the bite and polish off excess sealant
Want to know if there are any other alternatives to sealants?
There is one alternative which is fluoride varnish. This can be applied to the teeth by a dentist, however, fluoride varnishes are mostly used in young children at high risk of developing cavities. These need to be applied 2 to 4 times each year