The deep grooves (fissures) and pits that cover the chewing surfaces of back teeth are some of the most cavity-prone areas in you and your child’s mouth. Fortunately, there’s a way to block out tooth decay before it starts. With fissure sealants, you can lower your risk of cavities and make it easier to clean your teeth with a toothbrush
Fissure sealants are clear or white-coloured protective coatings placed over healthy enamel. They prevent acids, bacteria and food particles from lodging within deep fissures, which toothbrushes cannot reach.
Sealants are not permanent like a filling. Rather, they’re preventative procedures that may require occasional touching up. Do your best to avoid eating sticky foods, which can pull the protective layer off of the tooth.
At Morton Dental we recommend placing pit and fissure sealants on permanent molars as soon as they’ve erupted. These teeth typically come in around the ages of 6 and 12, respectively. However, adults can also choose to get sealants if they like.
As long as they’re carefully maintained, most preventative fissure sealants can last for several years or well into your child’s adulthood.
In most cases, we place sealants during your routine scale and clean appointment. They take only a few minutes per tooth and do not require any local anaesthetic. Aside from feeling water and air, there’s little to expect!
First, we’ll use a few pieces of cotton to keep the tooth isolated. Next, a gentle etch is used to roughen the outer layer of enamel. After several seconds, we’ll rinse the tooth and thoroughly dry it. Finally, we’ll apply the sealant material and cure it with a bright light. While it can feel a little funny to bite down on at the beginning, after a few days, things should feel back to normal.
Fissure sealants are an essential part of our preventative dental care strategy. By combatting the risk of tooth decay before it starts, you can enjoy fewer appointments and pay for less treatment over time. Sealants are ideal for anyone with deep grooves in their teeth, especially families who tend to have a higher risk of cavities.
Contact Morton Dental today to book your fissure sealants Noosa Heads appointment. Be sure to find out if you (or your child) qualifies for fissure sealants.
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Fissure Sealants Noosa Heads, Noosaville, Sunshine Beach, Sunrise Beach QLD | (07) 5455 3577