Prevention is better than cure!
Fissure sealants are resin based fluoride incorporated protective coat which are recommended for deep fissures (the grooves on the top of the teeth) in the molars and sometimes premolars (back teeth) to help protect the teeth from decay.
It acts as a barrier to prevent retention of debris, plaque and bacteria in these fissures which causes decay.
These sealants can be placed on the deciduous (baby teeth) as well as permanent teeth.
The deciduous molars serve the child for 10-13 years before the permanent teeth replace them. It is imperative that the deciduous teeth are prevented from decay to allow a child to be dental pain free.
The first permanent molars appear in the mouth around the age of 6years distal (behind) the deciduous second molars. These teeth appear at almost the same time as the upper and lower front teeth.