Teeth have natural pits and fissures (grooves) that can retain plaque. These fissures can remain caries (cavity) free throughout life and lesions can be prevented with tooth brushing. A pit and fissure sealant is a tooth colored material that is bonded over these pits and grooves to prevent decay. These are usually indicated if:
- active tissue caries have been diagnosed
- a high risk has been established
- fissures are deep and the patient or parent cannot remove plaque effectively
Sealants may be advised in young children with erupting teeth and occasionally in older patients. Your dentist will determine if you would be a good candidate for sealants.
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