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What is a Fissure Sealant?

Before and After Fissure Sealant

What Are Fissure Sealants?

Fissure Sealants are a thin protective layer, which protects the chewing surface of the tooth and protects the adult teeth from tooth decay. The sealant forms a protective layer preventing food and bacteria from getting into the tiny grooves in the teeth. Sealants can be placed on an adult tooth after it has erupted, usually at 6 years old.

How are they applied?

It is quick and easy, taking only a few minutes per tooth. The tooth is initially cleaned and prepared with a special solution. The sealant is then placed on the tooth and cured with a blue light.

How long do fissure sealants last?

Sealants usually last for years. They need to be checked regularly to make sure they are intact. Sealants do wear over time and may need adding to or replacement.

It is important that children continue to brush their teeth twice a day and avoid eating sugary foods and drinks especially between meals.

Dr. Hayley Brahm

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