Pit and Fissure sealants have long been used to prevent decay in teeth that have deep fissures or grooves. They work by sealing those fissures and grooves to protect them from bacterial invasion. Research has shown however, that if there is undetected decay in a fissure or groove, the decay will spread underneath the sealant and may not be detected until it has greatly progressed.
To avoid this situation, at Doctors of Dental Medicine we prepare the fissures and grooves to accept the sealant by doing a procedure called a fissurotomy. This procedure
fissurotomy. This procedure removes the superficial surface of the fissure or groove before the sealant is applied, thereby eliminating the possibility of sealing in decay.
, thereby eliminating the possibility of sealing in decay.