Fissure sealants – Are these really protecting your teeth?

Fissure sealants – Are these really protecting your teeth?

In case you have never noticed, the top surface of your teeth which you use to chew food is not flat and level. This top surface has tiny structures like hills and valleys. These are called pits and fissures. Now the pits and fissure can be ideal hideouts for dental plaque and bacteria because, sometimes, the gap in these structures is so narrow that even the bristles of the toothbrush and dental floss are unable to reach inside and proper cleaning becomes almost impossible. The way to prevent the accumulation of dental plaque on pits and fissures and to prevent dental cavities is to apply fissure sealants.

Fissure sealants are made of a special plastic material which seal the pits and fissures and protects against dental caries and tooth decay. These thin plastic coatings can effectively prevent the accumulation of food particles, germs and plaque on the tiny grooves on the surface of the teeth. The formation of dental plaque on pits and fissures is common among children and teens. The permanent molars are usually sealed with fissure sealants. If the fissure sealants are applied to the teeth immediately after eruption, then the chances of tooth decay become minimal.

The process of applying fissure does not involve removing the tooth structure or drilling etc. The process does not hurt at all. The particular tooth is cleaned properly by the dentist using a toothbrush and toothpaste, and then a special type of gel is applied to the surface of the tooth on the pits and fissures. The tooth is cleaned again and washed and the gel is dried. The fissure sealant is painted on the pits and fissures of the tooth. A particular type of laser light is also available which can be used by the dental expert to harden the sealant. In about a minute, the fissure sealant becomes hard enough to act as a protective shield for the pits and fissures. During the procedure, the individual has to keep the mouth wide open so that the tooth can be dried easily and the dentist can perform the procedure conveniently. Fissure sealants cannot be easily noticed.

Usually the fissure sealants remaon intact for approximately five to ten years. Regular dental checkups are necessary and if reapplication is required, then the dentist will perform the treatment again. The most significant advantage of applying fissure sealants is that it saves money, time and prevents tooth decay.

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