Pit and Fissure Sealants
The pits and fissure of teeth are naturally occurring and can be shallow and not require sealing, or may be deeper and require extra protection against decay forming.
Sealants are placed on the biting surfaces of adult back teeth to stop caries forming. Deep pits and fissures are common and can be stained very easily.
The process is very quick and only requires one appointment. Local anesthetic is not needed as a very light cleaning only is needed to prepare the tooth.
The sealants usually last a few years before your dentist may decide its best to replace them. Good diet control and brushing routines will help control the need for sealants.
Which teeth should be sealed?
Fissure sealants are a safe and painless way to help protect teeth from decay. As the sealant forms a hard shield that keeps food and bacteria from getting into the tiny natural grooves in teeth. Sealants are only applied to pre-molars and molar teeth. They are predominately used to seal the fissures of erupting adult teeth on children but can also be used as a preventative measure on high risk adult patients.
What is involved in the procedure?
The treatment appointment is usually quick and straightforward, taking a few minutes are tooth. The tooth is prepared by making sure the grooves are clean, a blue solution is applied and washed off before the tooth coloured sealant is applied and set using a special light.
How long do fissure sealants last?
Although fissure sealants can last for a few years, poor diet control and natural wear can occur and weaken the seal. Your dentist will monitor the condition of your teeth, oral hygiene and any restorations at your recall appointment, if needed they may replace the sealants overtime.
How much does it cost?
If you are an NHS patient at our practice, your dental exemption* covers the cost of fissure sealing. If you are a Private patient fissure sealing starts from £10.00.
*Dental exemptions accepted at our practice
-Under 18yrs old
-18yrs and in Full time education
-Pregnant or Had a baby in past 12months
-Prisoner or Young offenders institution
-Income based Jobseekers Allowance
-Income related Employment and Support Allowance
-Pension credit Guarantee credit
-HC2 certificate or
-Tax credit exemption Certificate