Plateau Dental Care

Fissure sealants

Run your tongue along the top of your chewing teeth (or molars), and you’ll feel the grooves there—those grooves are called fissures, and everyone has them. However, sometimes they are quite deep and narrow, which makes them difficult to clean—and an ideal home for the bacteria that causes plaque, and decay.

Fissure sealants are a plastic coating that your dentist can put over those deep fissures to protect them from decay. It’s painless and non-invasive receiving fissure sealants—they’re painted over the cleaned tooth, then the material sets and forms a barrier. Usually your dentist will only apply fissure sealants to those teeth that are most vulnerable to decay. In fact, if you catch the decay early enough, a fissure sealant may be used instead of a filling.