Fissure Sealants

What are Fissure Sealants

Fissure sealants are plastic coatings that are applied to the groves of the back teeth to protect them from damage.

It is difficult to keep molars clean when they start emerging in your child since the bristles of a toothbrush cannot reach them well.

Fissure sealants are coatings that protect the grooves, pits and fissures of the chewing surfaces in the back molars.

They are a white composite resin or a GIC (glass ionomer cement), similar to a white tooth filling.

Fissure Sealants

What are fissure sealants used for?

Fissures are tiny cracks that can lead to tooth decay. They are often caused by eating sticky or hard foods, grinding your teeth, or biting down on something too hard. Dental sealant forms a covering layer that keeps food, bacteria and plaque from getting stuck in the grooves of the teeth, thus reducing the risk of decay. The procedure can be done by your dentist, dental hygienist here at College Gate Dental Clinic, and they may recommend you getting a sealant if you have large pits in your teeth.