As part of our commitment to preventing tooth decay, we provide children with fissure sealants when it is deemed appropriate.
Fissure sealants are thin, plastic coatings that are ‘painted’ onto the biting surfaces of your child’s teeth and act as a layer of protection against decay.
How Do Fissure Sealants Work?
Fissure sealants coat the top of your child’s teeth to prevent any food or bacteria from getting stuck in the tiny grooves and crevices in each tooth. Without fissure sealants, this trapped food and bacteria can encourage the growth of plaque and tartar and lead to decay.
This is a quick and entirely painless treatment that may be carried our either by one of our Dentists or our Hygiene Therapist. Placing fissure sealants only takes a few minutes per tooth. Your child’s teeth will be cleaned and then the fissure sealant will be applied and allowed to set hard – a special light will be shone on the material to help it set. Your child should avoid eating or drinking for half an hour following treatment to ensure that the material is properly set.