The process is usually quick and easy taking only a few minutes per tooth.
The tooth is thoroughly cleaned, prepared with a special solution, and dried. The sealant is then applied and allowed to set hard, usually by shining a blue light onto it.
Sealants usually last for many years but need to be checked regularly to make sure that the seal is intact.
They can wear over time, and sometimes needs to be added to or replaced to be sure that no decay can start underneath it. At Edgware Dental Practice we will always check these at each check up visit.
Resin-based fissure sealants should be applied to the permanent molars of all children as early after eruption as possible.
This is usually between ages 6 and 7 but depends on the amount of tooth that has erupted and how well we feel the child will tolerate the treatment.
Fissure selants done by our dentists are either clear or white and cannot be seen as they are on the back teeth so will not be visible when they smile.