Fissure Sealant After

Children’s Dentistry > Fissure Sealants

Both baby and adult molars are covered with hundreds of tiny natural imperfections, in which food and bacteria can become trapped, causing cavities. Brushing and fluoride treatment are unable to protect these areas, as they cannot fully reach into the tiny pits and fissures.

At The Dental Gallery we can apply fissure sealants to fill in these vulnerable areas, smoothing the tooth surface and making it easier to clean. The sealant is applied as a liquid which flows into the teeth to fill the fissures, and is then set hard with a blue LED light. Fissure sealants also create a protective barrier against further plaque and bacteria build-up.

Fissure sealants are completely pain-free and non-invasive, and require no drilling or anaesthetic. Taking just a couple of minutes per tooth to apply, ideally the sealant should be applied when the first permanent molars emerge at around age six, and then after the permanent adult premolars come through, at around eleven to fourteen years old.