Pits and fissure sealants
Preventive re-mineralization of teeth
This involves applying products enriched with fluorides to strengthen tooth enamel and help the tooth to reform its protective layer against acid attacks from bacteria that cause cavities. This technique combined with healthy eating and brushing habits helps prevent or stop the development of cavities at all ages.
Pit and fissure sealants
Combined with healthy dental hygiene habits, sealants reduce significantly the incidence of tooth decay. Therefore, this treatment is recommended as a preventive measure as soon as the premolars and the permanent molars come through. Sealants allow keeping teeth healthy and intact as long as possible.
Sealants, although resistant, can fall off or show signs of chips or wear and should be checked by your dentist during routine exams. The re-applying of a layer of resin may be necessary.
Sealants are thin layers of white resin composite that protect the grooves of molars and premolars in order to prevent the formation of cavities.
The molars and premolars have recesses on their biting surface that are called pits and fissures. These areas are vulnerable to tooth decay because food debris stick into them and allow the bacteria to attack the tooth and form cavities. The objective of the sealant is to fill these small grooves and eliminate these “traps” by closing them tightly so that the toothbrush can effectively scrub the entire surface of the tooth.