Dental sealants, also known as fissure sealants, are defined as a preventive dental treatment where a resin material is placed in the pits and fissures or chewing surfaces of primary or permanent molar & premolar teeth at the back of the mouth. These molar teeth are considered the most susceptible teeth to dental decay or cavities due to the anatomy of the chewing surfaces of these teeth, which, unfortunately, inhibits protection from saliva and fluoride and instead favours plaque accumulation.
Dental sealants or fissure sealants facilitates prevention and early intervention, in order to prevent or stop the dental cavities or decay process. Once a cavity forms in a tooth it will require a dental restoration in order to repair the damage, which can be expensive. This emphasises the importance of prevention in preserving our teeth for a lifetime of chewing.
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