Fissure sealants are a painless way of protecting your children’s teeth from decay. It is a protective coating which is usually applied to the biting surfaces of the back teeth. Some teeth naturally have deep grooves which are more likely to trap food and be harder to keep clean. The sealant forms a smooth and hard shield that keeps food and bacteria from getting into the grooves of the teeth and causing decay.
The process is quick and simple. Your dentist will prepare the tooth with a special solution and then dry it. They will then place the liquid sealant into the grooves of the tooth and set it hard by shining a bright blue light onto it. It is pain-free, your teeth will feel normal afterwards and you can eat straight away after the treatment.
The sealant usually last for many years and your dentist will check them at your check-up appointments. They can wear over time so may need topping up every now and then.