a tooth’s security seal
The cleft-like grooves on the chewing surface of the back teeth are called fissures. This is a common site of decay but the application of a ‘fissure sealant’ to this area can help prevent decay in this area. A fissure sealant is a tooth coloured resin material that is placed over the groove network and usually also releases fluoride into the tooth to also help prevent decay.
Application of fissure sealant is a very simple, pain-free procedure that only takes a few minutes for each tooth and will last for several years.
This is commonly done to children’s teeth but sealants are also placed on adult teeth if their grooves appear deep.
As your child’s teeth develop it is important you bring them in to see the macquarieDentists team every six months to assess their grooves.