Pit and Fissure Sealing is a preventive procedure carried out on the back teeth to make them more resistant to decay applied as soon as permanent teeth start to come through. Pit and Fissure Sealing are a safe and painless way of protecting your teeth from decay by providing a protective barrier of plastic coating applied to the biting surfaces of the back teeth. The sealant forms a hard shield that keeps food and bacteria from getting into the tiny grooves in the teeth that is the most common cause of tooth decay. Some back teeth naturally have deep grooves and will need to be sealed; while others that have shallow groves, will not need sealing. During your check up our dentist will confirm your suitability.
The Pit and Fissure Sealing process is usually quick, painless and easy, taking only a few minutes for each tooth. After the tooth is thoroughly cleaned, it is prepped with a special solution, and dried. The liquid sealant is then applied and allowed to set hard by shining a bright cool light onto it.
Pit and Fissure Sealing treatment is suitable for any age after the first permanent teeth start to come through between 6 and 7 years of age. Other teeth can be sealed as soon as they appear which can be any time between 11 and 14 years of age.
Pit and Fissure Sealing usually last for many years, but our dentist will want to check them regularly to make sure that the seal is still intact. They can wear off over time, and sometimes the dentist may need to add or replace some sealant to be sure that no decay can start underneath it.