Fissure sealants are a preventative dental treatment that are most often used for children, but can be used for adults as well. They’re usually used on teeth that are susceptible to cavities or that have deep fissures. These can cut down on the amount of plaque that accumulates on the affected teeth.
Preventing Plaque Build-up
Plaque is a sticky biofilm that builds up over teeth surfaces and causes that furry feeling you notice when you need to brush. When you eat foods that contain sugar, the bacteria in plaque turns the sugar into acid that can attack the enamel of your teeth, leading to caries.
Normally, brushing would be enough to keep this problem at bay, but the anatomy of some teeth can make cleaning more difficult or be more plaque adherent. The chewing surfaces of your back teeth have deep crevices that can sometimes trap bacteria and plaque. These surfaces can’t always be reached using a toothbrush or other interdental aids, and without regular cleaning they can lead to decay.
What is a Fissure Sealant?
A fissure sealant is made up of a plastic material that is applied to the chewing surfaces of the required tooth or teeth. The material fits perfectly within the pits and fissures in your teeth to protect them from plaque to adhere and decay.
When your dentist recommends a fissure sealant procedure it’s usually because a tooth or teeth have features that lead to plaque adherence or are showing initial signs of decay and need to be protected. Without the procedure, the decay would continue and result in a filling or a root canal, both of which can be expensive and time consuming procedures. A fissure sealant is a quick, easy and inexpensive protective alternative.
If you’re looking for a fissure seal dentist in Auckland, try our Marina Dentists clinics and talk to our expert staff about the best way to protect the health of your teeth.