Dentists don't mean to use "dentist speak". We sometimes get so enthusiastic that we can forget to make sure you know what we are talking about.
Fissure seals or Fissure Sealants are one of the more modern inventions for helping to stop decay. They have absolutely nothing to do with seals that are really cute animals.
These are thin layers of clear or white filling materials that are simply stuck on the top of back teeth to stop food getting caught.
Generally sealants are only applied to adult or permanent teeth.
Usually we need to wait until a tooth is fully erupted before a sealant can be applied.
You don't want holes or decay in the top of your back teeth... think about having sealants applied to your back teeth!
Because the chewing surface of teeth can be quite difficult to keep clean and often teeth have very fine grooves(fissures) and pits which are too small for toothbrush bristles to reach, dentists have developed a technique of "sealing" these grooves.
How are sealants applied?
Do you need injections?
Any side effects?
How long to they last?
Can I use this to stop getting holes in my teeth?
Why are dentists so keen on seals?
Mark has represented his profession in the highly regarded position of ADA VB President and is a consultant in his field, yet he is consistent, approachable and has the highest regard for his patients wellbeing.
Dr Mark Bowman BDSc (Melb)