Sealants or better known as fissure sealants, is a treatment that aims to fill pits and grooves (or fissures) in children and adult teeth to help prevent tooth decay. Teeth have recesses on their biting surfaces and these are most vulnerable to tooth decay, particularly when food sticks to them and they are hard to clean areas. Dental sealants are a plastic material placed in the pits and grooves to provide a smooth surface that is easily accessible for both our natural protective factor, saliva and the toothbrush bristles when cleaning our teeth.
Fissure sealants is a minimally invasive procedure and can be done in one visit. Dental sealants are mainly used in children who are at higher risk of tooth decay, and typically they are placed as soon as the adult molar teeth come through. Fissure sealants facilitates prevention and early intervention, in order to prevent or stop the dental cavities and to help promote good oral hygiene in both adults and children.