The Cullen Dental Practice has moved to Century Dental Clinic, Ravenna Rd, Putney, SW15 6AW, 0208 788 9999
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Pits and fissures are small developmental grooves and crevices on the biting surfaces of back teeth (A).
They are deep in the enamel and are usually ‘V’ shaped in cross section (B). Pits and fissures tend to be difficult to keep clean as bacteria and food can trap in the bottom of the ‘V’ and even toothbrushing may not adequately remove the debris. Hence newly erupted teeth are prone to decay.
To minimise the risk of decay, the pits and fissures can be sealed. A sealant is a tough tooth-coloured coating placed onto the tooth surface. It leaves a much smoother surface which is easier to clean and therefore helps to prevent decay (C) (D).
We are happy to advise parents as to the optimal time for placing of these on newly erupted teeth.
(A) View biting surface of a premolar and molar showing pits and fissures.
(B) Magnified cross section of a fissure.
(C) Tooth coloured sealant placed in fissure.
(D) Biting surface with tooth coloured sealant.
Our aim at The Cullen Dental Practice is to provide the very best treatment and advice for our patients.
We offer a comprehensive service for patients who require fissure sealants. Please contact us for a no obligation assessment.
To make an appointment please call 020 8788 2785.