At Cranbourne Dental Centre, our team of Professional Dentists offers the service of Dental Fissure Sealants. This service targets the pits and fissures within the grooves of the tooth. Generally, this is the permanent back teeth, as it is a hard to brush, prime opportunistic area for decay to build. Fissure sealants are coatings applied to the grooves in the tooth, designed to prevent the intrusion of bacteria and other debris into the deep crevices on the tops of your teeth.
Dental Fissure Sealants are generally looked at as a procedure directed at children to prevent cavities; however, at any age, dental sealants can be recommended as a preventive measure.
Some key benefits of dental sealants may include:
Dental fissure sealants are very easy to apply and can be applied quickly in one session.
A pain-free experience to apply.
By implementing dental sealants, patients can look forward to spending less money in the future on procedures as they will have already taken the preventive measure.
How are Dental Fissure Sealants applied?
To begin with, one of our Dental Professionals at Cranbourne Medical Centre will clean the given tooth which is receiving the dental sealant.
Once the tooth is cleaned, an ‘acidic gel’ is applied to the tooth, to ensure the sealant can effectively ‘grip’ onto the surface.
Teeth are then cleaned, rinsed and dried, ready for the sealant to be applied. The sealant is then applied.
The sealant is then applied to the tooth with a brush, and the formula will bond with the tooth and will then harden to become the sealant. In some cases a curing light is used to speed up this process; this can depend on the particular sealant.
How Long Do Fissure Sealants Last?
Fissure Sealants can last a number of years, usually up to 10, and will continue to prevent against cavities and decay. It is important however that Sealants are checked up on in bi-annual check up appointments to ensure against any potential wear or chipping.