Pit and Fissure Sealants

Pits and fissures are the deep grooves of back teeth, which are the most vulnerable to tooth decay because a toothbrush may not be able to reach and effectively clean this area.  A pit and fissure sealant is a liquid similar in consistency to nail polish that is applied to back molar teeth filling the deep grooves, creating a protective barrier between the tooth enamel and food acid that cause decay.  Once the sealant sets hard it makes the tooth smooth and easier to clean. Pit and fissure sealant also contains fluoride for added protection against decay.

The application of dental sealant is a completely pain-free procedure that will take approximately five – ten minutes per tooth. The ideal time to have sealants applied is immediately after the first permanent molar teeth come through, around age six and then after the permanent adult premolars come through, between the ages of eleven and fourteen.

With a regular at home care routine and checkup appointments by the Refresh Dental Care Team, pit and fissure sealant can last for up to five years or more.

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