SEALANTS Rx: Prescription for Prevention

Hands-on course – Limited enrollment

Dorothy Vannah, M.Ed., R.D.H., C.D.A. is currently the Director of the Simulation Learning Center and Associate Professor in the Department of General Dentistry at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine.

With the wide range of new sealant materials and techniques available today, it’s difficult to keep up with what works best in any particular dental situation. This course will take the stress out of sealants by reviewing current literature, research, clinical indications and recommendations, diverse products and materials, and various application methods for placement of pit and fissure dental sealants. Participants will examine materials and techniques available to aid in the successful placement process. Topics covered will include cleaning, surface “etching”, curing and more.

During the hands-on portion of the class, participants will practice placing sealant material on both extracted and demonstration teeth, which can later be used for patient education in the dental setting.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the technical aspects of the sealant placement procedure:
    • Choice of sealant, their differences and which materials are most appropriate for individual patient use
    • Acid etching / and or adhesive technique
    • Isolation techniques: maintenance of a dry field / Salivary contamination
    • Sequence of sealant placement and topical fluoride (varnish) applications
  • Describe the factors contributing to an individual’s caries risk and be able to identify the most caries prone site in the oral cavity
  • Understand the influence of the following factors in determining the risk assessment of individual teeth relative to the need for pit and fissure sealants:
    • Pit and fissure morphology
    • Questionable caries
    • Eruption status
    • Enamel caries
    • Dentin caries
  • Indications and Contra-indications for sealant placement
  • Learn how to place dental sealants using a variety of isolation techniques

Included in the course fee: Each participant will receive Dry-Field Mouth Props by Parkell and a HVE/Saliva Adaptor by Hager Worldwide Dental.

This course is made possible in part by the following companies: Hu-Friedy; Ivoclar Vivadent; Microcopy Dental; Parkell, Inc.; PMR Marketing-HAGER Worldwide Dental Inc.; Premier Dental; PulpDent; 3M ESPE, and Ultradent® Products, Inc.