Fissure sealants are recommended for children and adolescents, typically around the ages of 6 and 12 when their permanent molars and premolars emerge. While not necessary for every child, sealants are particularly recommended if the grooves are deep, making hygiene challenging, if the child is unable to clean their teeth properly or if the teeth have developed with weaker enamel.
This preventive measure involves applying a protective coating to the chewing surfaces of these teeth to prevent decay. The procedure is quick, painless, and ensures optimal protection for teeth prone to cavities.
The application of fissure sealants is a quick and straightforward process. The treatment typically takes only a few minutes per tooth. The steps involve cleaning the tooth surface, rinsing, drying the tooth, and finally, applying the sealant material. A special light may be used to help the sealant bond to the tooth surface. The process is painless, non-invasive, and provides effective protection against cavities, especially in vulnerable chewing surfaces of molars and premolars.
Fissure sealants can reduce the risk of cavities on treated teeth by approximately 80%. This simple and quick preventive measure offers significant protection against decay, emphasizing the effectiveness of early intervention in maintaining optimal oral health.