Fissures are grooves and pits found in the enamel of teeth.
However, fissures are most commonly found in the pre-molar and molar teeth. In some teeth, these grooves can be very narrow and deep, and can lead to a lot of food getting trapped on the biting surfaces of the teeth.
Deep fissures can are an oral health risk, so it has become common day practice to fissure seal all molar adult teeth of children in order to prevent tooth decay. With today’s high sugar and acid diet, it is important to protect our kids’ molar teeth against such food acid attacks.
Fissure Sealants are generally plastic resin coatings that are placed in the grooves, and act as a physical barrier to food residue and plaque. Sometimes sealants are made with Glass Ionomer Cements. All sealants used in Complete Smile Dental are release fluoride as well. This means that your teeth are not only physically protected from bacteria and plaque acids, but are also strengthened by the fluoride released.
As good as fissure sealants are, they are not as hard your tooth’s natural enamel, and can suffer general wear and tear. Should part of a fissure sealant break or chip off, it can be easily replaced with more sealant material. The general life span of a sealant ranges from 1 to 3 years.