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Caries usually develops on the chewing surfaces of our teeth. The main reason is that the existing fissures and grooves are sometimes so deep that they cannot be cleaned thoroughly. In such cases we recommend sealing of the risk surfaces with a special bonding material in order to give them long-lasting resistance to caries.
The fissures on our teeth offer a lot of recesses where food remains and bacteria can accumulate. Many people have narrow and deep fissures that make efficient cleaning with a toothbrush impossible. The outcome is tooth decay and substance loss. To avoid this, fissure sealing is highly recommended in relevant cases as a preventive measure.
Before the sealing starts all teeth are closely inspected with magnifying binoculars to determine the indication for the treatment. The fissures are then cleaned with special instruments and coated with bonding intensifier solution. The top layer is made of a thin white bonding sealant which is hardened with UV light. After that the sealing is polished and ready to protect your teeth from decay for years to come.
Fissure sealing is always recommended for patients with anatomically deep fissures that make efficient cleaning impossible. Age is not a decisive factor. Fissure sealing can be very important with the first molars, which have to be preserved long enough, sometimes as late as 12 years of age, to provide enough space for the second dentition. The indication can be determined either by the dentist or the dental hygienist.
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