What Are Fissure Sealants And How Can They Help?

Fissure Sealants

When children are learning how to clean their teeth, there are often areas that get missed such as those back teeth and in particular the molars.  We see many children with decay in that area and one of our preventative strategies is a Fissure Sealant.


So What Is A Fissure Sealant?

Fissure sealants are coatings that are painted on to the grooves of the back teeth to help form a protective layer from things such as food and bacteria. It stops them from getting in the tiny grooves in the teeth and causing decay.


How are Fissure Sealants Different To Fillings?

Fillings are used to restore teeth to their normal shape, appearance and function.  This is achieved by filling in cavities caused by tooth decay.  Fissure Sealants however are preventative treatments for tooth decay, by filling in the natural grooves in the back (molar) teeth.  Both fissure sealants and fillings use similar materials including epoxy resins or glass ionomer.  Having a fissure sealant is beneficial because it reduces the risk of food getting trapped in the grooves.


How Long Will A Fissure Sealant Last For?

Sealants can last for a few years but your Dentist or Oral Health Therapist may check them at each visit and if required may add or replace some sealant.


Are Fissure Sealants Necessary For My child?

Fissure Sealants are a treatment option but are not necessary for every child. Your Dentist or Oral Health Therapist will discuss with you if they think the treatment would benefit your child.

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