Fissure sealants are clear or white-shaded plastic coatings that protect the grooved and pitted surfaces of the teeth, especially the chewing surfaces of back teeth where most cavities in children are found. Even if your child brushes and flosses carefully, it's difficult—sometimes impossible—to clean the tiny crevices on certain teeth. Sealants effectively "seal out" food and plaque, reducing the risk of decay. While sealants can last for many years if properly cared for, they can be subjected to wear and tear in highly used areas. We check the sealants during routine dental visits and recommend re-application or repair when necessary. The treatment is very affordable, especially considering the decay protection it offers your child. Most dental insurance companies cover sealants on permanent teeth, however, some insurance companies have age and specific tooth limitations.
Left: (arrows) pits and grooves naturally present on the tooth become bacteria and food traps. These teeth are at risk of getting decay.
Right: notice the smooth surfaces on the tooth: pits and grooves sealed by fissure sealant so that bacteria and food cannot accumulate.