What Are Fissure Sealants And Should My Child Have Them?
Children who are learning how to clean their teeth often miss areas like the back of their teeth (molars). Molars have natural grooves where food and bacteria can get easily trapped and may be difficult to remove. Over time, this causes tooth decay. One of the best preventative treatments to fill in these grooves and lower your child’s risk of dental problems is a fissure sealant. The treatment is minimally invasive and does not require any injections.
What are fissure sealants?
Fissure sealants are a white or clear composite resin, similar to a white tooth filling. The sealants provide a barrier against bacteria that can cause plaque, designed to prevent tooth decay and cavities.
How are dental sealants applied?
The first step is to remove all the food and plaque from the grooves. This process is quick and pain-free. Dental sealant is then applied once the tooth has been conditioned, washed and dried. A blue light is used to set the material.
Are fissure sealants the same as fillings?
No. Fillings are used to restore teeth to their normal shape, appearance and function. This is achieved by filling in cavities caused by tooth decay. Fissure sealants are preventative treatments for tooth decay, filling in the natural grooves in the back (molar) teeth. Fissure sealants and fillings use similar materials, including resins or glass ionomer, but with different consistencies.
How long will a fissure sealant last?
Sealants are durable and can stand up to daily chewing forces for months or even years. Of course, everyone is different, and the protective coating may wear down at different rates in different people. Having regular dental check ups is the best way to ensure that your child’s sealants are in good condition.
Are fissure sealants necessary?
Fissure sealants are a treatment option but are not necessary for every child. Your dentist will discuss with you whether the treatment would benefit your child.
While sealants are valuable in protecting the chewing surfaces of molars, preventing tooth decay requires regular brushing, flossing and a good diet.
Does the Child Dental Benefits Schedule cover fissure sealants?
Children aged between 2 and 17 years who are eligible for Medicare may have access to the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS). CDBS covers basic dental services, including examinations, x-rays, cleaning, fissure sealants, fillings, root canals and extractions.
Children’s Dentist in Caddens, Penrith
The Caddens Dental Bar is a fun and friendly kids dental clinic in Caddens, Penrith and we love making your kids smile! To arrange an appointment, please call us on (02) 9159 3955.