At Swish Dental our goal is to prevent dental disease. That is why we place dental sealants also known as fissure sealants on all back teeth when a patient is at risk of developing tooth decay. Preventing one filling prevents a lifetime of fillings! (as fillings are typically replaced every 10 years)
Dental sealants are are glossy tooth coloured filling materials that are carefully brushed into the deep pits and fissures of your healthy teeth to: a) prevent bacteria attacking these areas b) making them easier to clean which in turn helps prevent tooth decay.
Any children or adults who are at risk of developing tooth decay should have fissure sealants placed in the grooves of their teeth to minimise the risk of tooth decay developing. Studies show that if you have had tooth decay on the chewing surfaces of any molar tooth then the other molar teeth should be sealed as this is cost-effective.
Typically fissure sealants last 5-10 years but we often do see them lasting over 20 years. Not bad for a little coating that can prevent a lifetime of fillings!