Dental fissure sealants are clear and tooth-colored dental materials used to cover and seal teeth to protect them from tooth decay and cavities.
Pits and Fissures on Teeth
Pits and Fissures are the natural anatomical grooves found on the chewing surfaces of your teeth. The depths of these grooves vary from person to person. If the grooves are fairly deep, food and plaque may become trapped within the grooves and be more difficult to clean through regular brushing and flossing. Because of this, the trapped plaque will continue to produce acids that may lead to the formation of decay.
To prevent this from occurring, our office uses dental fissure sealants to seal teeth. The material used for sealing will prevent food and plaque from lodging into these fissures and forming decay. The sealants often last for several years before they need reapplication.
Fissure Sealants and Existing Cavities
Sealants can be applied over areas of the teeth with early decay to prevent it from advancing further and causing damage to your tooth. Clear sealants may be used in this case so that we can continue to monitor the affected tooth over time.
Benefits of Fissure Sealants
- Sealants prevent the formation of decay from occurring on the tooth’s chewing surface.
- Fissure sealants make your teeth easier to clean through regular brushing and flossing.
- The placement of fissure dental sealants is non-invasive and can be completed during one visit.
- The sealant is made of atooth-colored material, which allows it to blend in with your natural smile.