What are fissure sealants?

This is a Preventative procedure where a plastic resin is placed on the chewing surface of molar teeth in patients who are susceptible to dental decay. It helps to prevent dental decay.

Firstly the tooth is cleaned and dried and then etched with a diluted acid to provide a key to attach the resin.

The tooth is then washed and dried before resin is flowed over its surface and set. This process blocks up the pits and fissures on the tooth where bacteria collect making it less susceptible to decay.

The procedure is carried out in patients who have experienced decay in their primary teeth.

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