Fissure Sealant Dental Treatments

Fissures are grooves found on the biting surfaces of teeth, occurring in all teeth. However, they are more prominent on the biting surfaces of our back teeth (first and second molars). With deep, narrow fissures, food can become trapped within the fissure as it is difficult to brush and clean, making this area of the teeth more susceptible to developing cavities.

A fissure sealant is a plastic material applied to the deep grooves/fissures of the back teeth (molars). By applying fissure sealants on the biting surface of the teeth, it creates a protective, smooth barrier against plaque and other harmful substances. This eliminates the possibility of food getting trapped and hence reduces the risk of caries.

Fissure Sealants in Adelaide

At MVDC, we believe in prevention and minimal intervention. That’s why we recommend having sealants applied as soon as the adult back teeth come through. We usually apply sealants to the first and second permanent molars and to appropriate premolars if we feel your child is at risk of developing decay. First molars typically erupt around the age of 6, and second molars around the age of 12. These are your child’s ‘adult’ teeth, which they will keep for life. It is important to seal them as early as possible to protect the tooth and prevent decay.

The application of a fissure sealant is painless and non-invasive. The sealant material is tooth-coloured and will be invisible on the tooth. Sealants are an effective preventive measure against tooth decay; however, it is important to maintain a well-balanced diet, practice excellent oral hygiene, and make regular dental visits.

We look forward to helping you and your family maintain a healthy smile.
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If you have visited our Fissure Sealants page then you may also be interested in Tooth coloured fillings & cosmetic dentistry such as teeth whitening.

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Hannah Grubb
Hannah Grubb
10/10/2023
The women at this practice are phenomenal. I have had fear of the dentist my entire life due to a traumatic experience as a four year old. I finally bit the bullet last month and went to see Karen the hygienist and she made me feel so comforted. Then I met Erika the dentist and she was wonderful also. Yesterday I had restorative work done and for the first time in my life I wasn’t nervous about going to the dentist. I was so relaxed the entire time. Erika has such a calming, relaxed and professional presence. She continually asked if I was ok through each process and I honestly can’t thank her and her team enough. They’ve changed my life in the sense where I no longer feel scared. I actually can’t wait to go back and have my routinely hygiene appointment. WHAT?! ????
Mark Warner
Mark Warner
23/06/2023
First visit, I saw Dr Polly for an examination and x-rays and Dental Hygienist Steph for a scale and clean.Very impressed with the service. Parking at rear which is great and easy access. Reception staff were friendly and helpful.I would highly recommend. .
Nicole Hayes
Nicole Hayes
29/03/2023
I loved visiting the dentisit in primary school, they always made me feel safe and cared for. Dr Polly and the team made me think of those primary school dentist visits. I felt safe and cared for. I must remember to ask for my toothbrush and sticker before I leave next time! Wonderful experience my wisdom tooth was removed without pai but with confidence and reassurance
Louise Oconnor
Louise Oconnor
29/03/2023
I daughter recommended this dentist practice and do glad she did. Dr Polly Ling is amazing and has done an excellent job of fixing a broken filling. All the staff are extremely helpful and welcoming .
Ryan Hollingsworth
Ryan Hollingsworth
23/03/2023
If you’re looking for a new dentist, I can’t recommend this one enough. It’s been a while since I’ve been to a dentist and as such I wasn’t very confident finding somewhere new. However the team here have been absolutely incredible. Kind and happy to explain the process, including prices and health fund contributions. Excellent dental facilities and a comfortable waiting room. I’ve seen they also have online booking options, which seems very convenient. Thank you to all the team today for making my first appointment in a long time an enjoyable one.
Jane Doyle
Jane Doyle
08/03/2023
Always great service from this practice. Came here today with my husband. International Women’s day do I was gifted a small bouquet and a pen. Thank you. Lovely surprise.
Sam Crossman
Sam Crossman
14/02/2023
Always made to feel welcomed, taken care of and in a safe environment. Very appreciative of Louise for always being a friendly and welcoming face, and Rachel for making every experience comfortable. THANKYOU ♡
Robbie Jones
Robbie Jones
04/02/2023
All the staff made me feel comfortable and welcome. Excellent service.
Fissure Sealants FAQ’s

The grooves or fissure in your teeth can be so fine and deep that the bristles of your toothbrush cannot reach the bottom of them.

The bottom of these grooves can accumulate small particles of food, this food then feeds the bacteria that live at the bottom of the grooves and cause cavities.

Fissure seals fill and seal the groove in our teeth so that food and bacteria cannot reach the bottom anymore.

Fissure seals protect your teeth from dental decay.

In the long-term fissure seals will protect you from needing fillings, and the cost of those fillings.

By avoiding dental fillings, the survival of your tooth is much greater than a tooth that has had previous cavities.