What are pit and fissure sealants?
Pit and fissure sealants are also known as dental sealants is a type of dental treatment that is done to prevent tooth decay. Everyone has depressions on their biting surface of the back tooth also known as fissures or grooves and cingulum on a front tooth. Pit and fissure sealants are applied to these parts to help to prevent them from decay.
How is pit and fissure sealants applied?
Applying the pit and fissure is a simple and painless technique. In this process, a bonding agent is applied to help the sealant bond with the teeth. Fissure Sealant is then applied to the tooth enamel where it bonds to the tooth directly and then is hardened.
How long does it take to apply the pit and fissure sealant?
It is rather a very simple and easy process which usually takes 5-45 minutes. It depends upon the number of teeth needed to be sealed. It must be applied properly for good retention because as long as the sealants remain intact the tooth surface will be protected from decay.
How long does the fissure sealant last?
Usually, it is said that the sealants last up to 10 years but it totally depends on how well you take care of your teeth. They need to be checked out for chipping, wearing away regularly by the dentist.