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The chewing surface of a molar contains natural pits and grooves (fissures) where dental decay occurs most often. The bristles of a toothbrush are too large to reach into some of these areas.
The bacteria in plaque live in these grooves and make acid which causes tooth decay. Dental sealants assist in preventing the build up of plaque acids on the enamel surface of teeth and they are of value in the prevention of tooth decay.
A dental sealant is a plastic film that is professionally applied to the deep grooves (fissures) on teeth where tooth decay most often starts.
The tooth is thoroughly cleaned and dried before applying the sealant.
The liquid sealant is placed onto the surface of the tooth and flows into the pits and fissures. The liquid is then set with an ultra violet light.
The pits and fissures are now sealed and the tooth surface is smooth and easy to clean.
A good time to apply sealants is soon after permanent teeth are fully erupted .
The material we use in our surgery release fluoride ,
Fluoride play a key role in protecting the teeth against dental decay.