About Course #L0773
Release Date: July 31, 2013
Review Date: August 15, 2016
Expiration Date: August 14, 2019
The connection between pits and fissures and dental caries has long been recognized, but the diagnosis of carious pits and fissures can often be daunting. Even with newer technologies for caries diagnosis, it is still difficult to chart the progression of the disease since microscopic examination of this type of caries yields considerable variation. Recent research has attempted to evaluate differences in caries detection, conditioning, retention, demineralization/remineralization, shear bond strength, and microleakage, as well as caries progression after the placement of pit and fissure sealants. Further understanding of the pathophysiology of tooth decay, advances in materials, and the importance of proper technique will encourage dentists to more fully incorporate the use of pit and fissure sealants into clinical practice.
This basic-level course provides dental professionals with the tools to identify the need for sealants and the type of sealant that is best for the patient and the dentition. The course reviews the pathophysiology of tooth decay, the role of sealants in preventing pit and fissure caries, and the different types of sealants in clinical use. The course focuses attention on the ADA's clinical recommendations and presents the proper clinical steps to take in treating pit and fissure caries, from assessing the need for sealants to applying them.
AGD Subject Code: 017
- Explain the pathophysiology of tooth decay and the role of sealants in preventing pit and fissure caries.
- Outline approaches for identifying the dentition surfaces that need to be sealed.
- List the types of sealants available and the challenges of sealant retention.
- Identify the clinical techniques used for different types of sealants.
Western Schools designates this activity for 2 continuing education credits.
About the Author(s)
Howard E. Strassler, DMD, FADM, FAGD, is professor and director of operative dentistry at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry in the Department of Endodontics, Prosthodontics and Operative Dentistry. He has lectured nationally and internationally on techniques and selection of dental materials in clinical use and aesthetic restorative dentistry. He is a Fellow in the Academy of Dental Materials and the Academy of General Dentistry, as well as a member of the American Dental Association, the Academy of Operative Dentistry, and the International Association of Dental Research.
Judith Porter, DDS, MA, EdD, is assistant dean of admissions and recruitment at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry, where she directly oversees the admissions process for the Doctor of Dental Surgery program. Dr. Porter is an operative dentist with a special interest in educational methods within preclinical and clinical dentistry. Before joining the University of Maryland, Dr. Porter was in private practice for 25 years.
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- You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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