- What is Fissure Sealant?
- Concerns about Fissure Sealant Application
- How is fissure sealant applied?
- Is it a painful treatment? / Does it require anesthesia?
- Is it a long-term process?
- Should I repeat?
- Is it expensive treatment?
- Is there any harm to the application of fissure?
- Does it completely protect teeth from caries?
What is Fissure Sealant?
Fissure sealers are a form of preventive treatment in order to keep the teeth in the mouth without decaying for a long time. Although it is not done at the required level in our country, fissure sealant applications are very common in developed countries, and there are even insurance deprivations for patients who do not.
Keep in mind that your children can be
covered with a fissure seal from the age of 6 years and that this treatment will not decay their teeth if they are checked regularly until the age of 20.
Concerns about Fissure Sealant Application
It is a preventive treatment method that prevents the caries that may occur by closing the grooves and cracks in the molars and preventing the accumulation of nutrients there.
The enamel of molars, especially when they first meet with the oral environment, has not reached its final hardness and is open to caries formation.
In this period, both the tendency of the teeth to decay and the children’s ability to brush the teeth on the back side are not enough, closing the cracks on the tooth surface and cutting the contact of the teeth with food provides a great advantage in order to prevent the formation of caries.
During the application, the grooves and cracks in the chewing zone are filled in a thin layer with a fluid material without damaging the tooth surface.
The procedure takes about 3 minutes for 1 tooth.
It is a painless application and has a high tolerance for children.
The thickness of the material in the fissure-covered teeth does not create a sense of height.
There is no restriction on eating and drinking after application. The patient can return to normal life immediately.
It is applied once for 1 tooth and periodically checked.
Chewing pressures and wear may occur in some areas if the controls need to be renewed by the physician.
Fissure sealants can be applied to permanent molars, molars and small molars surfaces.
Fissure sealants can be made after completing the tooth development. Completion of the development of milk teeth is around 3 years. After 3 years of age, fissure sealant applications can be started.
How is fissure sealant applied?
Teeth are cleaned with special brushes before application. After cleaning, the chewing surfaces of the teeth are made ready for use with special solutions. The fluid-fissure-covering material is applied to the recesses of the molars and is cured by means of light. After the hardening process is completed.
Is it a painful treatment? / Does it require anesthesia?
There is no pain during fissure covering application. Therefore, no anesthesia is required. Since the fissure sealant application is not a painful application, it can be applied easily at a young age and the processes are completed in one step.
Is it a long-term process?
Fissure sealant application is a short process. Generally, fissure sealant is applied to all teeth in one stage. However, the process can be completed in multiple stages if necessary, taking care of your child’s compliance and age.
Should I repeat?
The effect continues until the tooth falls. Therefore, it does not need to be repeated. However, it can be seen over time in cases such as breakage and abrasion. Your doctor will replace the fissure sealer if wear and breakage occurs during regular examinations.
Is it expensive treatment?
Its application is a less costly method than the filling application. Given that it has an important protective effect for your child’s dental health and caries prevention, we can say that fissure sealants are more suitable for the budget.
Is there any harm to the application of fissure?
There is no harm to the teeth as it is known. It does not contain any harmful substances that may harm children’s health.
Does it completely protect teeth from caries?
Fissure sealers are a preventive treatment to prevent tooth decay.If supported by these applications, the success of the treatment increases.