Fissure Sealants

We can apply fissure sealants to those deep fiddly grooves in the biting surfaces of the back teeth to protect young teeth from decay as soon as they start to appear. As they are so narrow, these fissures are often difficult to keep clean so bacteria can collect and cause tooth decay.

Fissure sealants provide a safe, translucent coating that stops food and bacteria from settling in the grooves. They are normally applied to permanent teeth as they start to emerge (usually between 6-7 years) and further applications can be made to other teeth as they start to show.

The Treatment Process

The application of fissure sealants is quick and easy with no drilling required. The tooth is first cleaned and prepared with a special solution and the liquid sealant is then applied and hardened with a bright light so it forms a tough, protective layer.


Fissure sealants can last for years if teeth are kept clean and healthy, and regular check-ups will help pick up any problems.


Frequently Asked Questions

Fissure sealants are a thin, plastic coating that is applied to the biting surfaces of molars and premolars to prevent decay.
Fissure sealants fill in the grooves and fissures of the teeth, creating a smooth surface that is easier to clean and less likely to trap bacteria and food particles that can cause decay.
Fissure sealants are most commonly recommended for children and teenagers who are at higher risk for tooth decay, but they can also be beneficial for adults who have deep grooves and fissures in their teeth.
The teeth are first cleaned and dried, and then a special gel is applied to the surface of the teeth to help the sealant bond. The sealant is then painted onto the teeth and hardened with a special light.
No, getting fissure sealants is a painless and non-invasive procedure.
Fissure sealants can last for several years with proper care, but they may need to be replaced if they become worn or chipped.