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Fissure Sealer

Fissure Sealer

Your child can have regular tooth brushing habits thanks to the guidance of their parents. However, in the deep pits that the brush bristles cannot reach, dental caries may occur over time. During the period when they start brushing, especially for children who cannot easily brush their molars regularly, caries usually starts from the back teeth first. The pits on the surfaces of these deciduous and permanent molars are called fissures. These fissure bruises account for 80-90% of all caries seen in children. Fissure sealant (dental graft) is used to stop the progression of caries in these teeth and to protect the teeth against caries.

What is Fissure Sealant?

Fissure sealant is a protective filling applied to the fissure areas of the teeth. Fissure applied to a decayed tooth surface is applied after the tooth is freed from caries and cleaned. This method, which is mostly used in children, is applied in a short time.

It requires minimal compliance as it is a painless procedure. This application can be applied to the tooth without local anesthesia. After it is done, there is no harm to the tooth. The process of covering these pits on the chewing surfaces of the patient’s teeth is a very effective protective application that ensures that the area is closed and remains caries-free for a long time.

What are the Benefits of Fissure Sealers?

By closing the deep pits on the chewing surfaces, the access of bacteria to that area is prevented. The formation of caries at these points where bacteria can no longer enter is stopped. Owing to this process, it is possible to prevent surface caries, which constitutes approximately 70% of all caries.

A transparent or white colored fluid fissure can be used when light discoloration of the teeth begins. Otherwise, after the loss of substance in the tooth begins to occur, it will no longer benefit, and a filling will be required. This method can be applied to children’s deciduous teeth and the permanent teeth of adults. Since there will be no feeling of height in the tooth after the procedure, it does not give a feeling of discomfort. In addition, there is no numbness since anesthesia is not applied.

How Long Does Fissure Sealant Protect? Should I have it done all the time?

You will only need to do this once. However, you should go to your dentist every six months and have a check-up. Of course, wear, breakage or falling may occur over time. However, studies show that fissures can stay in their deepest parts and provide protection for years.