Fissure Sealants

Fissure sealants are hard protective coatings that are applied over deep grooves (fissures) of the teeth to prevent tooth decay

It is a simple, non-invasive procedure and once the coating is applied it is permanent, and will stay on your teeth for a number of years. Many studies have shown that fissure sealants combined with good oral hygiene are effective in reducing the risk of dental decay and thus avoiding more complex dental treatment. 

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Why do I need fissure sealants?

A tooth fissure, commonly located on the chewing surfaces of your back teeth, is 5 times more likely to develop tooth decay than any other tooth surface. This is because pits and grooves can be deep and difficult to clean with a tooth brush as it’s bristles are too big to clean these areas. Food particles and bacteria can become trapped in the grooves and produce acids which leads to tooth decay. Fissure sealants work by filling the deep pits and grooves making it easier to clean your teeth and thus helping to prevent cavities from forming

Frequently Asked Questions

Fissure sealants are a thin plastic coating that is applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth to protect them from decay.

Children and teenagers are the most common candidates for fissure sealants. However, adults may also benefit from sealants if they have deep grooves or pits in their teeth that are at risk for decay.

The process of applying fissure sealants is quick and painless. The tooth is cleaned and dried, and then the sealant is painted onto the tooth's chewing surface. It is then hardened with a special light.

Fissure sealants can last for many years with proper care. However, they may need to be replaced if they become damaged or wear down over time.

Fissure sealants are often covered by dental insurance, especially for children. It is best to check with your insurance provider to determine your coverage.

Fissure sealants are highly effective in preventing cavities on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. However, they do not prevent cavities from forming between teeth or on other surfaces.

There are typically no side effects of getting fissure sealants. However, some patients may experience minor sensitivity after the sealant is applied.

Fissure sealants are typically applied by a dentist or dental hygienist. Many dental offices offer this service, including Mildura Family Dental in Australia.

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The Procedure:

The procedure is quick and simple and does not require any injections or drilling. 

Before & After

Medicare Scheme Bulk Billing

Mildura Family Dental is proud to support families through bulk billing Medicare for dental services under the Child Dental Benefits Scheme (CDBS).

As part of the Australian Government’s dental initiative, the CDBS commenced on 1st January 2014. It provides access to benefits for a variety of dental services to around 3 million of eligible Australian children aged 2-17 years. The total benefit entitlement is capped at $1,000 per child over 2 calendar years.

To discover more about this beneficial program, and whether your child is eligible, call Medicare on 132 011 or visit the Department of Human Services website.


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