• By 1300SMILES Densits
  • January 13, 2021

What are Fissure Sealants? 

Fissure Sealants are a preventative Dentistry measure taken by a Dentist to protect your teeth from harmful bacteria that manifests in the grooves and pits on your molars.

Fissure Seals as they are otherwise referred to are most commonly used in Children’s Dentistry, however, are used to protect adult teeth as well.

If you find yourself asking, why do I need a Fissure Sealant? And what is a Fissure Sealant? The blog below will give you a great overview.

Why Do I need a Fissure Sealant? 

To answer the question of “why” you first need to know what a “fissure” refers to, put simply a “fissure” refers to the grooves and pits found on your rear molars. Everyone has these pits and grooves and most of the time they can be easily maintained through regular brushing and oral health routine.

However, if your Fissures are too deep this can lead to harmful bacteria moving in. If bacteria is left this can cause the affected tooth to slowly decay eventually leading to more serious oral issues that could result in the loss of a tooth.

It is important to have regular check-ups with your Dentist who will recommend if you need a Fissure Sealant or not.

Now you know why you need one this leads perfectly into what is a Fissure Sealant?

What is a Fissure Sealant? 

If your Dentist has recommended you get a Fissure Sealant don’t worry, it is a painless straight forward preventative treatment that can be done within one session.

To apply a Fissure Sealant your Dentist will thoroughly clean the fissures of the affected tooth making sure to remove all existing bacteria. Once your tooth is thoroughly cleaned a clear liquid is applied to the tooth, this will fill in the grooves and pits on your tooth. The liquid is then hardened leaving your tooth protected.

Fissure Sealants can last you a long time in some cases even a decade, however, it is always important to have them checked at your regular dental check-up.

Hopefully the above has given you a better understanding of what a Fissure Sealant is and why you would need one.

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask your Dentist at your next appointment.