Fissure sealants are protective coating that seals over the top of molar teeth to prevent decay from developing in the deep grooves. It is a preventive service and recommended once the back permanent teeth have erupted.
The grooves of the teeth are cleaned and then the surface is etched using a special blue gel. The gel is washed off and the liquid sealant applied. Once the dentist or dental therapist has ensured that all the grooves have been filled with the liquid, the material is hardened using a strong light.
Sometimes part of the material may chip away. This will be observed at regular check-ups and more sealant will be placed.
The bite may feel a little different initially however, this sensation is temporary.
Conscientious home care including brushing every morning and night, flossing once a day and regular six monthly check ups to review the sealants.