Fissure sealants consist of a thin protective layer of a special and very hard-wearing plastic material that is painted over the chewing surfaces of back teeth. These surfaces are particularly vulnerable towards decay due to the nature of their design. If you look at these teeth you will see they have lots of very deep fissures that can easily trap food and bacteria. St Vincent’s Dental Centre prefers to seal these surfaces whenever we can and is why we may suggest this treatment for you. By sealing these surfaces we can prevent decay from occurring, protecting and preserving these teeth, we hope for life.
Fissure sealants are frequently applied to children’s newly erupted adult back teeth as they can only be used on teeth that do not have any signs of decay and which don’t have any fillings. There is no reason why adults with healthy back teeth cannot benefit from this treatment and it is quick, non-invasive and long-lasting. The fissure sealants are simply painted on to newly cleaned teeth that have been lightly etched to improve the bond between the sealant and the tooth. The sealant soon hardens and is thin enough not to affect your bite. There is no need for anaesthetic and we do regularly check the condition of any fissure sealants in case they need reapplying.
If you have more questions, please speak to our friendly team on (03) 9419 7022 or drop in at the practice at 3/55 Victoria St, Fitzroy VIC 3065.
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