Fissure Sealants

Why Should My Child Have Fissure Sealants?

Our aim is to try to keep your child’s teeth cavity free but the chewing surfaces of their back teeth are particularly vulnerable towards tooth decay. This is because these surfaces have lots of deep fissures and grooves that can easily trap food and bacteria and which are tricky to keep thoroughly clean. Fissure sealants can seal these surfaces, creating a smooth, easy to clean surface while protecting the teeth. The sealant consists of a very thin layer of resin that will not interfere with their bite but it can only be applied to teeth that are healthy and cavity free. This is why we suggest applying fissure sealants soon after your child’s adult teeth erupt.

How Are Fissure Sealants Applied?

The procedure to apply fissure sealants is very non-invasive and painless. After your child’s teeth are thoroughly cleaned we will lightly etch the chewing surfaces with a special fluid that helps create a better bond in between the sealant and the tooth. Next, the sealant is painted onto the tooth surfaces and will quickly harden. Afterwards your child will be able to eat and drink normally.

How Long Do Fissure Sealants Last?

They should last for quite a few years but if they become chipped or worn we can easily reapply them.

We want to do everything we can to help prevent your child from developing tooth decay and this is such as easy way to protect young teeth.

You can make an appointment online or by calling us on (03) 9419 7022. We are located at 3/55 Victoria St, Fitzroy VIC 3065.