Barnton Dental Spa - Edinburgh

Fissure Sealants

This is a pain-free, safe and simple way to protect a child’s teeth from decay. They provide a protective coating of plastic on the biting surfaces on the teeth at the back of the mouth, forming a safeguard to keep bacteria and food debris out of the small grooves between the teeth.

Which teeth will be sealed?

Sealant will only be applied to molars and premolars (the back teeth) as these are the ones with fissures and pits on their biting surfaces. The dentist will provide advice on which teeth require treatment following an examination, and they will also check if the gaps are deep enough for a sealant to be applicable. Some teeth will naturally have deep fissures, while others will have shallower ones and not benefit from this treatment.

What does the process involve?

The process is straightforward and relatively quick, often taking just a few minutes for each tooth. The teeth will be cleaned and prepared using a special solution and then dried, after which liquid sealant will be applied and left to set with the aid of an ultraviolet light. This is completely painless and will not leave teeth feeling any different.

How long do they last?

Sealants will normally last for a number of years, but they should be checked regularly by your dentist to ensure they are still intact. They can become worn and may need to be replaced or added to for preventing the development of decay.

When is this treatment applicable?

As soon as the permanent teeth start to grow sealant will often be applied. This normally occurs when a child is between six and seven years old, and the other teeth will be sealed once they are fully erupted between the ages of 11 and 14.

How much does the procedure cost?

It is sometimes available on the NHS but it is available from private dentists and will vary in cost because of this.

Does my child still need to clean their teeth?

Your children will still need to clean their teeth every day. The sealed surface of the tooth will be a lot easier to keep healthy and clean if they maintain a regular oral hygiene routine. The use of fluoride toothpaste will aid in the protection of the teeth.

How do I find out about the treatment?

If you require any further information about fissure sealants you should ask a hygienist or dentist, as they will be able to tell you if the treatment would benefit your child’s teeth.