Anywhere you have a groove in your tooth that is hard to reach with a toothbrush, this area has a greater risk of tooth decay.
Fissure Seals are used to protect these areas.
There are a few questions you should be asking your dentist to see if Fissure seals are right for you.
1. Why do you need a Fissure Seal?
The grooves (or fissure) in your teeth can be so fine that the bristles of your toothbrush cannot reach the bottom of them. The bottom of these grooves can accumulate small particles of food, this food then feeds the bacteria that live at the bottom of the grooves and cause cavities.
Fissure seals fill and seal the groove in our teeth so that food and bacteria cannot reach the bottom anymore.
2. Who should get a Fissure Seal?
Fissure Seals are predominately aimed at children and teenagers who have newly arrived teeth, and are also necessary for some adults.
They are used on any tooth that has a thin and deep groove, these grooves are almost impossible to keep clean with a toothbrush.
Each person's teeth are as individual as a fingerprint, so it is worth discussing fissure seals with our team at your or your children's next checkup.
3. What is the advantage of getting fissure seals?
Fissure seals protect your teeth from dental decay.
In the long term fissure seals will protect you from needing fillings, and the cost of those fillings.
By avoiding dental fillings the survival of your tooth is much greater than a tooth that has had previous cavities.
4. Do I need a needle to get a Fissure Seal?
No. Fissure seals are placed on the top of a tooth after it has been professionally cleaned.
Applying a fissure seal is pain free procedure (No drilling - No needles)
5. How often do I need Fissure Seals?
As our teeth wear also fissure seals can wear, occasionally they will need to be "topped up"
We review your fissure seals as part of your regular checkups.
Fissure Seals can protect your teeth and save you from future cavities. They do not make your teeth bulletproof but are the best form of protection for your teeth along with regular brushing and flossing.