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When Should I Get Pit And Fissure Sealants?

Posted on 9/25/2023 by San Francisco Dental Arts
When Should I Get Pit And Fissure Sealants?Pit and fissure sealants are protective coats that guard the tooth against decay. Dental sealants are painless so you need not worry.

After tooth eruption

Pit and fissure sealants are best suited after a tooth erupts. This is because the chewing surface of the tooth is clean and uncontaminated. A dental sealant forms a protective layer that prevents debris and bacteria from passing through to the tooth.

Molars and premolars

Pit and fissure sealants should only be applied on the back teeth – the molars and premolars. Often, the back teeth have small hollows and grooves at the biting surface. If left uncovered, the hollows and grooves provide a perfect passage for bacteria to get to the pulp. The pulp is the most central component of the tooth that contains the nerves and blood vessels. The doctor has to examine first to establish which back teeth are most prone to decay.

Pit and fissure sealing procedure

Dental sealants are not invasive at all. The dentist first cleans the tooth to remove any debris and plaque. Before applying a bonding solution or gel, the doctor ensures the tooth is completely dried up. Afterward, a bonding solution is poured onto the tooth in readiness for the sealant. There is no drilling needed not unless the tooth in question has decayed. If that is the case, the decay has to be removed before applying the sealant.

Cleaning the teeth

Dental sealants are not substitutes for cleaning teeth. In any case, cleaning the teeth is easier due to the smooth sealed surfaces. In other words, you still need to brush, floss, and eat a balanced diet as you did before getting the sealants. Pit and fissure sealants can last for many years. However, it is good to have regular dental assessments. That way, the doctor can tell if they need to be replaced or not. If you are wondering if you are the right candidate for a pit and fissure sealant, feel free to get in touch with us today.
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