Do you have a child or family member around 6 years old? 'Fissure Sealants' are often applied as soon as the first permanent teeth start to come through. This is usually between 6 and 7 years of age.
Sealants are only applied to the back teeth - the molars and premolars. These are the teeth that have ‘pits' (small hollows) and ‘fissures' (grooves) on their biting surfaces. The sealant forms a smooth, protective barrier by covering all the little grooves and dips in the surface of the tooth. Dental decay easily starts in these grooves if they are not sealed.
The process is usually quick and easy taking only a few minutes per tooth. The tooth is thoroughly cleaned, prepared with a special solution, and dried. The sealant is then applied and allowed to set hard – usually by shining a blue light onto it.
How Long Does Fissure Sealant Last?
Sealant usually last for many years, but needs to be checked regularly to make sure that the seal is intact. It can wear over time, and sometimes needs to be added to or replaced to be sure that no decay can start underneath it.
If you would like more information, please call us on 0141 637 4049.