Boston Orthodontics NEWSLETTER February 2022
Fissure sealants are an effective way of helping to protect young teeth. They provide protection for molars and premolars once they have erupted and are mature enough for application.
Deep pits and grooves on the surfaces of the back teeth (usually on the molars) are known as fissures. As they are very narrow it can be difficult to clean them with a toothbrush and toothpaste alone as the bristles are too thick and do not reach down into the fissure.
Every time a child eats or drinks, bacteria can enter these fissures gradually making them wider and deeper overtime and eventually resulting in tooth decay. Tooth fissures are common in children and teenagers and will often cause cavities- normally in the back teeth.
A fissure sealant is defined as a ‘preventative dental treatment’. Effectively, a clear material is placed onto the surface of your teeth to help protect it and prevent the bacteria from entering the fissures.
It is recommended that the sealant is applied as early as possible after the adult teeth have erupted as this offers the best chances of success. It is important to ensure that your tooth enamel is fully matured before applying any sealant. It is widely agreed that sealants are highly effective in helping to prevent decay in fissures. Fissure sealants can last for many years with the correct maintenance and care.
Regular dental and hygienist checks are important in order to maintain the condition of your sealants and pick up any problems early.