Fissure Sealants

Fissure SealantsSugar from food and drink can collect in the fissures (grooves) on the biting surfaces of your back teeth and can cause decay. You can not remove this sugar by simply brushing your teeth; this is because the bristles of your toothbrush are too wide to reach the bottom of the groove. Not all fissures are prone to decay; your dental professional will assess and treat those at risk accordingly. If the fissures require this form of treatment, a white plastic coating is painted into the deep grooves to protect them from dental plaque and acids. This procedure will help to stop the biting surface of the tooth from developing a hole (tooth decay).

The best time to apply fissure sealants is immediately after the permanent teeth appear. Permanent teeth are the second set of teeth that erupt during childhood and should be kept throughout adult life. The first permanent molars appear around the age of six or seven. The permanent teeth, including premolars, erupt between 11 and 14 years of age. The last molars (commonly called third molars or wisdom teeth) usually erupt during early adulthood, if at all. Some people have no third molars.