Preventive Dentistry

Pit of Fissure Sealants Treatments

The top surfaces of your teeth - where the chewing takes place - are rough and has deep grooves called pits and fissures. These are places where plaque can build up and cannot be removed by your toothbrush and dental floss. Some of the pits and fissures are so narrow that even a single bristle from your toothbrush can't get deep enough to clean them out therefore can cause cavities in these pits and fissures.

One method of preventing cavities from developing in the pits and fissures is to seal them off with a special pit and fissure sealant. Your dentist will clean the tooth first, then apply a mild acid solution to 'etch' the surface and make it easier for the pit and fissure sealant to stick. The whole procedure is quick and painless. Keeping the area dry and away from your saliva during the application is very important. If the tooth gets wet, the sealant might not stick properly. Once everything is ready, your dentist 'paints' the sealant right over the pits and fissures on the tooth surface. A special kind of light cures the sealant , by which we seal the pits.