In dentistry, prevention is always better than cure. At Advance Dental, we strive to do everything possible to keep our younger patients free from dental dramas, and we provide preventative treatments, including fissure sealant treatment.
What is fissure sealant treatment?
Fissure sealant treatment is a preventative therapy, which is recommended for children as a means of reducing the risk of tooth decay. A sealant is applied to the teeth, usually the molars, to provide a protective barrier, which fills the tiny cracks and crevices on the biting surface of the tooth. Sealant material is applied to the tooth, stretched out to cover the fissures and then hardened using a curing light. By filling in these tiny gaps, there’s a lower risk of food and bacteria becoming trapped in the tooth surface, which reduces the risk of plaque formation and protects the tooth from decay.
Is fissure sealant treatment painful?
Fissure sealant treatment is painless, quick and effective. Your child won’t experience any pain at all and within minutes, they’ll be free to get back to whatever the rest of the day holds.
Who can benefit from fissure sealant treatment?
This is a preventative service, which is recommended for all children. Generally speaking, this treatment is designed for children who have developed their adult molar teeth. Most commonly, treatment is provided for children aged between 6 and 10 years old. Once they are in place, sealants can last up to 10 years.
If you have children and you’d like information about the benefits of fissure sealants, don’t hesitate to get in touch. We’ll be happy to answer questions and help you decide if this is a treatment you’d like your child to have.