Can You Eat Straight Away After a Fissure Sealant?

3 min read
07 December 2023

Fissure sealants are a popular and effective preventive dental treatment, particularly for protecting the back teeth from decay. Many patients, especially adults who lead busy lives, often wonder about the aftercare of this procedure, particularly regarding eating and drinking. Admire Dentistry provides insights into what to expect after getting a fissure sealant.

 

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What is a Fissure Sealant?

Before delving into post-treatment care, it's important to understand what a fissure sealant is. It's a thin, protective coating applied to the grooves of your molars and premolars. This coating acts as a barrier, shielding your teeth from plaque and food particles, thereby preventing decay.

Immediate Aftercare

One of the advantages of fissure sealants is the minimal aftercare required. The procedure is quick and painless, involving no drilling or significant alteration to the tooth structure. Once the sealant is applied and set, which often involves using a special curing light, it forms a hard protective layer over the tooth.

Eating and Drinking After the Procedure

The good news for patients at Admire Dentistry is that you can eat and drink immediately after having a fissure sealant applied. The sealant hardens quickly, allowing you to return to your normal diet straight away. However, we recommend initially choosing softer foods and avoiding very sticky or hard candies to give yourself time to adjust to the feeling of the sealant.

Maintaining Your Fissure Sealant

While you can eat immediately after the procedure, maintaining your fissure sealant is crucial for its longevity. Regular oral hygiene practices, including brushing twice daily and flossing daily, are essential. Additionally, routine dental check-ups are necessary to ensure the sealant remains intact and effective.

Benefits of Fissure Sealants

The primary benefit of fissure sealants is the prevention of tooth decay, particularly in the back teeth, where brushing and flossing can be challenging. They are a proactive step in maintaining oral health, potentially saving time and money by avoiding the need for fillings or other dental treatments in the future.

Fissure sealants are a straightforward, painless, and efficient preventive dental treatment with immediate return to normal eating and drinking. At Admire Dentistry, we're committed to providing treatments that not only protect your dental health but also fit seamlessly into your lifestyle. With fissure sealants, you can continue to enjoy your favourite foods without interruption while taking a proactive step towards maintaining your oral health.

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