Pit and fissure sealants are a type of preventive filling that is applied to the chewing surfaces of teeth to protect them from decay. They are a thin, resin coating that fills in the pits and fissures of the teeth, making it difficult for food and bacteria to get trapped.
Sealants are typically applied to the molars and premolars, which are the teeth that are most susceptible to decay. They are a relatively painless procedure that does not require any drilling or anesthesia.
Sealants can be an effective way to prevent decay, especially in children and young adults. Studies have shown that sealants can reduce the risk of decay by up to 80%.
If you are interested in getting sealants, talk to your dentist. They can assess your teeth and determine if sealants are right for you.
Here are some additional information about pit and fissure sealants:
• They are typically applied to children and young adults, but they can also be applied to adults.
• They are a relatively inexpensive procedure.
• They are a long-lasting procedure. Sealants can last for several years, but they may need to be replaced if they become damaged.