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Norfolk, NR10 3DE
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01603 898 002 94 Holt Road, Horsford,
Norwich, Norfolk, NR10 3DE

Fissure sealants

The fissures on the biting surfaces of the back teeth are very narrow so can be hard to keep clean, which means bacteria and food particles can stick around and start to damage the enamel. The application of fissure sealants is a preventive treatment that involves applying a plastic coating to these difficult to reach grooves, protecting teeth from possible decay.

Fissure sealants are normally applied to permanent teeth as they start to emerge (usually between 6 and 7 years) and further applications can be made as other teeth begin to show. The process is quick and easy and usually only takes a couple of minutes per tooth.

Treatment steps

  • The tooth is cleaned, prepared with a special solution and then dried.
  • The sealant (in liquid form) is then applied with a brush and hardened with a special bright light.

Sealants can last for years but will need regularly checking to ensure the protective coating is still intact, and although treated teeth are much better protected, they will still need regular brushing and flossing.

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Having suffered for 34 years with an extreme dentist phobia and anxiety relating to it, I visited this practice and Dr Russell Wigglesworth. I cannot praise the practice and all the staff enough. I never thought I would be able to see a dentist while concious however with the care and petience of this team I have completed treatment so I can't thank you enough.

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