Fissure Sealants in Beckenham, Kent
Fissure sealants are an effective dental treatment to protect a tooth from decay. The teeth that are usually affected are the molars at the back of the mouth, which have pits and grooves on the top surface. These are known as fissures and when brushing your teeth, food can easily be missed and remain stuck within the grooves. The affected tooth is then susceptible of developing a cavity.
Children often suffer from mild decay and need to have fissure sealants to protect their teeth. Fissure sealants are also used in adult teeth and can be coloured to match making the sealant virtually impossible to detect when smiling.
Fissure sealants are made of a plastic resin material, which is moulded to bond to the top surface of the affected tooth. When hardened it provides a strong protective coating preventing any bacteria entering further into the tooth fissure.
The treatment is quick and painless and there is no need for a local anaesthetic. The tooth is first cleaned and prepared before application and hardened under a special UV lamp. The fissure sealant can then be expected to last for many years.
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