A fissure sealant is a thin, plastic film that is applied to the chewing surfaces of back teeth creating a protective barrier which prevents food and bacteria getting into the teeth.
Generally, fissure sealants are used to protect molars from bacteria and acids present in the mouth. Here are some benefits of fissure sealants:
- Fissure sealants are safe and effective
- Unnoticeable after treatment
- Prevent decay of molars and premolars
- May reduce the chance of decay of molars and pre-molars
In line with the philosophy of our dentistry, all parents are encouraged to elect to have their childrens’ teeth fissure sealed and/or ozone treated, as appropriate.
We recommend fissure sealant treatment when your child’s first permanent teeth come through, usually at the age of 6-7 years and the remainder of teeth be sealed as they appear thereafter usually between 11-14 years.