Fissure sealants are tooth colored protective coatings that are applied in order to cover and protect the deep grooves (fissures) in our teeth and prevent dental decay. These fissures are most commonly located at the chewing surfaces on back teeth (molars and premolars). The grooves are at high risk for decay as they can be deep and narrow and collect plaque bacteria and food that cannot be accessed by toothbrush bristles.
1)The tooth is thoroughly cleaned and dried before applying the sealant.
2)The liquid sealant is placed onto the surface of the tooth and flows into the pits and fissures. The liquid is then set with an ultra violet light.
The pits and fissures are now sealed and the tooth surface is smooth and easy to keep clean.