Fissure sealants are a safe way of protecting your child’s teeth from decay. It is a protective plastic coating, which is applied to the biting surfaces of the back teeth for your child. The sealant forms a shield that helps to keep food particles and bacteria from getting into the tiny grooves in the teeth that eventually cause decay. The process is non invasive, usually quick and straightforward taking only a few minutes per tooth.
Children of all ages are more than welcome at Gosforth Dental Surgery. We believe in the importance of oral care from an early age and we will monitor the progress of your child’s teeth as they grow. We teach children the good habits needed to develop and keep a healthy smile, as well as detecting and treating any problems before they develop.
Fissure sealants treatment is very straightforward and quick and there is absolutely no pain involved. Before the sealant is applied, the tooth will be cleaned thoroughly and any food debris will be removed. A bonding solution is then applied to the tooth to help the sealant to stick. The sealant is then placed on the tooth and a powerful light source is used to set it firm. Sealants should last for a few years and they can be replaced. If you would like to find out more about preventative dental care or children’s dentistry at Gosforth Dental Surgery in Newcastle, please don’t hesitate to pop in or give us a call and arrange a consultation.
Sealants are often applied as soon as the permanent teeth start to come through. This is usually between 6 and 7 years of age. The rest are usually sealed as soon as they appear which can be any time between 11 and 14 years of age. During your check up at Gosforth Dental Surgery, your dentist will assess your risk of developing decay and will advise you about the best time to have the fissure sealant treatment.
Sealants usually last for many years, but your dentist at our Newcastle Dental Practice will want to check them regularly to make sure that the seal is still intact. They can wear over time, and sometimes the dentist needs to add or replace some sealant to be sure that no decay can start underneath them.