Sealants are a safe and painless way or protecting your teeth from decay. A sealant is a protective plastic coating, which is applied to the biting surfaces of the back teeth. The sealant forms a hard shield that keeps food and bacteria from getting into the tiny grooves in the teeth and causing decay.
The process is usually quick and straightforward taking only a few minutes per tooth. The tooth is thoroughly cleaned, prepared with a special solution, and dried. The liquid sealant is then applied and allowed to set hard - usually by shining a bright light onto it.
No, it is totally pain free, and the teeth do not feel any different afterwards.
Yes. It is still vital that they do this. The smooth, sealed surface is now much easier to keep clean and healthy with normal toothbrushing. Using a fluoride toothpaste will also help to protect your teeth. Pit and fissure sealing reduces tooth decay and the number of fillings you might need.
If you would like to know more about the treatment, ask your dentist or hygienist. They will tell you if fissure sealing will help your teeth, and if it is the right time to do it.