The Pit and Fissure Sealant course includes a lecture and hands-on lab that explain each step of the sealant process.
- Course length: 16 hours – 2 days
- Format: Lecture and hands-on practice with mannequins. Includes written exam and clinical. Students must use their own (4) patients. Students must also show proof of completion of an approved Dental Infection Control Course.
This course requires a valid CPR card through only the American Heart Association BLS or Red Cross BLS. Students who already have a valid CPR should bring in a copy of their card when attending class.
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
- Identify the major characteristics of oral anatomy, histology, physiology, oral pathology, normal/abnormal anatomical and physiological tooth descriptions, morphology, and microbiology as they relate to pit and fissure application.
- Explain the procedure to patients
- Recognize decalcification, caries, and fracture lines.
- Identify the indications and contraindications for sealants.
- Identify the characteristics of self-curing and light cured sealant material
- Define the appropriate patient selection factors and indication factors for sealant application.
- Utilize proper armamentaria in an organized sequence.
- Maintain appropriate moisture control protocol before and during application of etchant and sealant material.
- Demonstrate the proper technique for teeth preparation prior to etching.
- Select and dispense the proper amount of etchant and sealant material.
- Demonstrate the proper techniques for application of the etchant and sealant material.
- Implement problem solving techniques associated with pit and fissure sealants.
- Evaluated the etchant and sealant placement techniques according to appropriate criteria.
- Check the occlusion and proximal contact for appropriate placement techniques/
- Adjust occlusion and evaluate or correct proximal area(s) when indicated.
- Maintain aseptic techniques including disposal of contaminated material.
- Each student shall pass a written examination which reflects the entire curriculum content.
- Each student shall pass a clinical examination in which the student successfully completes the application of pit and fissure sealants on two of the four clinical patients required for clinical instruction. The examination shall include teeth in all four quadrants.
ACCREDITATION AND APPROVAL
Course is approved by the Dental Board of California and the Bureau of Private Postesecondary Education in California and accredited by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education (ACCET).