What is pit and fissure?
Pit and Fissures of the teeth are the narrow lines or cracks found at the surface for our teeth. These cracks have varied depth, and the deep ones are difficult to clean by regular brushing.
What are pit and fissure sealants?
Dental sealants are protective coatings that are Resin-based or Glass-based. These materials are used to seal the deep pits and fissures of the teeth to prevent tooth decay. Sealants also contain Fluoride which helps the tooth become stronger.
Do all teeth require sealants?
No, only those teeth with pits and fissures that are too narrow, too deep, or both, require a sealant to prevent tooth decay. To determine which of your teeth may be requiring sealant, visit your dentist for an evaluation.
Is the application process painful?
No, the application process of pit and fissure sealant is quick and painless. The process only includes: Tooth cleaning, Sealant application, and Dental Curing Light procedure. None of these requires anesthesia.
How long does pit and fissure sealant last?
Pit and fissure sealants usually last a long time, but lifestyle, as well as the kind of sealant, contributes to the retention of the sealant.
How do we maintain the sealants?
You may follow these recommendations:
- Always keep your teeth clean. Brushing regularly helps keep your sealant intact as it lessens the bacteria and acid in your mouth.
- Visit your dentist regularly. Visiting the dentist helps determine if your sealant needs repair or replacing.
- Be mindful of what you eat. Frequent intake of food that requires heavy chewing can damage the sealant as well as your teeth.
- Avoid licking the teeth with sealant. Licking your teeth after getting a filling or sealant is a common thing. To ensure that your sealants will last a long time, it is best to avoid this habit. It is known that salivary contamination is the most common cause of the loss of sealant.
Does having sealant guarantee that I will no longer get tooth decay?
No, sealants are only for protection or prevention measures. You will still need to visit your dentist regularly to ensure that tooth decay is prevented.