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Fissure sealants – a safe and painless way to protect your children’s teeth from decay

What is a fissure sealant?

The chewing surface of a molar contains natural pits and grooves, known as fissures, where dental decay occurs more often. A fissure sealant is a tooth coloured protective coating that’s applied over the top of these fissures. The coating stops food and bacteria from getting into hard to reach areas.

How does it work?

The fissure is checked for decay, cleaned and prepared and the coating is applied, smoothing the surface of the tooth and therefore making it easier to clean when brushing. So long as tooth decay is not present, no anaesthetic or drilling is required, making the entire process quick and painless. Fissure sealants are best done as soon as possible after the permanent molars erupt.

Do I need a fissure sealant?

Some molars and pre-molars naturally form with particularly deep crevices and fissures and are therefore much more susceptible to decay.  At Healthy Smiles, we’ll assess and advise you during your child’s appointment.