What are tooth fissures?
Deep pits and grooves on the surfaces of the back teeth (usually on the molars) are known as fissures.
Tooth fissures are common in children and teenagers. Often found on the molars, they are a major contributor to the development of cavities.
Due to their small size, fissures can be missed when you clean your teeth- meaning that bacteria is missed and can start to move deep into the tooth over time.
Fissure sealants are a highly effective way of protecting young baby teeth that are at high risk of decay. They can also be used on fully developed molars and pre-molars in adults that are at risk of developing tooth cavities.
A fissure sealant is a clear, plastic material which can be placed onto the surface of your teeth to protect it and keep out any bacteria.
Sealants can be applied to any tooth provided it is healthy and has no fillings.
A sealant can be applied quickly and easily. There is no need for an anaesthetic, drills or needles. Your tooth will be cleaned before the sealant is applied. Following application it will be hardened under a special light.
Fissure sealants can be applied by a dentist or a suitably trained dental hygienist.
Just like a normal filling, a fissure sealant can last for many years provided it is looked after. They can be easily repaired or replaced if necessary.
Remember to visit your Dentist for regular check-ups.