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1 Management of Deep Pits and Fissures

2 Objectives Students should be able to
Explain concept of pit fissure sealant and Preventive resin restoration (PRR) Discuss advantages, disadvantages and indications for pit and fissure sealant Discuss advantages, disadvantages and indications for Preventive resin restoration Describe the procedures of Pit and fissure sealant and Preventive resin restoration

3 Cariology Dental caries is an infectious microbiological disease of teeth that results in localized dissolution and destruction of the calcified tissues. S. Mutans have been demonstrated to have significant potential to cause caries

4 Host caries Microflora Substrate

5 Pit & fissure: highest prevalence of all dental caries
narrow opening, almost impossible to clean Plaque accumulation (bacteria harbor) Fluoride is less effective to prevent pit & fissure caries

6 Pit & fissure: highest prevalence of all dental caries
narrow opening, almost impossible to clean Plaque accumulation (bacteria harbor) Fluoride is less effective to prevent pit & fissure caries

7 Management of deep fissure
Prophylactic odontomy Fissure eradication Enameloplasty Fluoride Sealant

8 Management of deep fissure
Prophylactic odontomy (Hyatt 1923) Eliminating all susceptible fissures by cutting a shallow, minimal width class I cavity in enamel. Then the cavity is filled with amalgam Destructive, committed to a restoration

9 Management of deep fissure
Fissure eradication (Bodecker 1929) Fissures reshaped by reducing the steep cuspal inclines so that the occlusal surface is more readily cleansed by the patient Destructive

10 Management of deep fissure
Enameloplasty Grinding away enamel on developmental deep pit and fissure to create a smooth, saucer-shaped surface which is self cleansing or easily cleaned

11 Management of deep fissure
Fluoride Systemic/topical F¯ most effective in preventing smooth surface caries but least effective in occlusal surface It is speculated that neither stannous nor acidulated fluoride is able to impregnate the enamel at the depths of the fissures

12 Pit and fissure sealant

13 Management of deep fissure
Pit fissure sealing The idea is to form a barrier that protects pits and fissures against bacteria and fermentable foods like sugars and starches, and thereby helps to prevent decay from starting deep within these fissures

14 Pit & fissure sealants were first introduced in 1967 by Cueto & Buonocore
Enamel is etched and bonded with resin Fissure is sealed and protected from the ingress of plaque, microflora, and oral fluid.

15 Bacteria remaining in sealed fissures?
Studies have shown a decrease in numbers of microorganisms in lesions under intact sealants, and caries progression appeared negligible Jenson & Handelman 1980, Handelman & Leverett 1985, Martz-Hfairhurst et al 1986

16 Advantages & Disadvantages
Caries is prevented as long as fissures remain completely sealed If there is lost or leakage of the sealants, the tooth is once again at risk to caries Needs periodic evaluation

17 Indications Newly erupted posterior teeth with complicated fissures
High caries risk patient with deep pits & fissures Incipient caries where caries is limited to enamel Bite wing radiographs should be taken to ensure that caries does not extend to the DEJ and proximal surfaces

18 Contraindications When adequate isolation cannot be achieved
Where definite occlusal decay is present When proximal decay is present On hypoplastic teeth In uncooperative patients

19 Ideal Properties of fissure sealant
Should seal the pits and fissures against every penetration by oral flora Adhere to enamel (high retention rate) Should have a cariostatic action (F release) Resistant to oral fluid and diet (acid, alcohol, etc) Low viscosity

20 Ideal Properties of fissure sealant
Adequate mechanical properties on setting (strength, abrasive resistance) Simple to use Non toxic Should be detectable Have short setting/polymerization time

21 Materials of choice Resin-based fissure sealants Compomer
Unfilled resin (bis-GMA) Lightly filled resin Fluoride containing resin Compomer Glass ionomer cements

22 Resin-based sealants Resin sealant : Diluents (TEGDMA) BIS-GMA
Polyurethanes Cyanoacrylate Diluents (TEGDMA)

23 Choice of materials (resin-based sealant)
Light cured or Chemical cured Chemical cured is no longer available Unfilled or slightly filled resin filler particles are added to improve abrasive resistance

24 Choice of materials (resin-based sealant)
Translucent or opaque (or coloured)

25 Compomer sealant Composition
Polymerisable Strontium-alumino-fluoro-silicate glass Modified carboxylic acid Phosphate-modified monomers No laboratory or clinical date available

26 Glass ionomer sealant Powder-liquid form Chemical cured
Finer filler particles

27 Effectiveness Retention rate & caries reduction
Researches showed that sealant efficacy is directly related to sealant retention Sealant placement also leads to a reduced prevalence of restorations having to be placed later on.

28 Dennison & others JADA 2000 A retrospective study of 5,203 children
6.5% 6.6% 6.2% Graph shows Incidence of restoration placement on 1st molars with and without sealants.

29 Dennison & others JADA 2000 A retrospective study of 5,203 children
Restoration Incidence (%) 10.4% 10.1% 8.7% Graph shows Incidence of restoration placement on 2st molars with and without sealants.

30 Effectiveness Going et al 1977 reported caries prevention effectiveness (10 years) premolar: 84% molar : 30% Mertz-Fairhurst et al 1984 (7 years) caries reduction effectiveness 55% Romcke et al 1990 (10 years) 3% of the sealant had been replaced with restorations due to decay Wendt &others 2001 reported 65% complete retention of sealant on 1st molar after 20 years with 13% of caries/restorations placed 65% complete retention on 2nd molar with 5% caries/restorations placed

31 Effectiveness of GIC sealant
Retention rate & effectiveness comparable to resin sealant?

32 Armamentarium Rubber dam armamentarium
Mouth mirror, straight probe, cotton forceps Miller’s forceps Prophy brush Slow speed ¼ round bur

33 Procedures Give a local anesthetic if necessary Isolate the tooth
Remove calculus or debris

34 Procedures If enamel caries is present, use ¼ round bur to widen the fissure and remove caries Clean the pit and fissure surfaces with prophy brush and pumice

35 Procedures Etch the surface with acid etchant Wash and dry

36 Procedures Apply sealant Light cure

37 Procedures Check occlusion

38 Procedures Adjust occlusion using white stone or finishing bur

39 Sealant failure Usually occurs at enamel-resin interface
Mostly caused by saliva or moisture contamination during application

40 Preventive Resin Restoration
Treatment of small carious lesions where caries is removed and restored with composite resin.Fissure sealant is then applied to the surrounding pits and fissures

41 Preventive Resin Restoration
Introduced by Simonsen and Stallard in 1977 Minimally invasive G.V. Black “extension for prevention” is no longer practised Small carious lesions within pits and fissures were removed and restored with composite resin while the remaining healthy fissures were sealed with a pit and fissure sealant

42 Advantages Conservative approach
Minimum intervention -conserve more tooth structure More aesthetic compared to amalgam

43 Disadvantages Needs absolute moisture control
Bonding procedures are very technique sensitive More time consuming Failure to proper bonding will lead to leakage and recurrent caries

44 Indications Small occlusal caries with a deep pit and fissure
An opaque, chalky or brown/black lesions along the pits and fissure, suggestive of caries

45 Type I Caries is very minimal and limited in enamel
Remove caries with 1/4 round bur Sealant is then applied Pit & fissure Sealant

46 Type II After caries removal with ¼ or ½ round bur, the preparation is limited in enamel but is greater than 1 mm in cross section Posterior composite placement in the preparation Sealant applied over composite restoration and fissures

47 Type III Caries extends into dentin
Remove caries with suitable size round bur Glass ionomer base placed over dentin. CaOH2 may be required if the cavity is deep Restore the cavity with Posterior composite resin Seal the entire surface with sealant


49 Clinical Procedures Local anesthetic if necessary Apply rubber dam
Clean the tooth Cavity preparation Use a small round bur to widen the fissure

50 Clinical Procedures If caries is limited in enamel sealant
If caries extend to dentin, use a pear-shape bur (No 330) to gain access Remove caries using suitable round bur with slow speed hand piece

51 Clinical Procedures Place liner or base in deep cavity (GIC)
Etch the cavity and the rest of occlusal surface

52 Clinical Procedures Wash and dry Bonding
Apply primer and adhesive over the cavity (follow manufacturer’s instruction)

53 Clinical Procedures Composite resin placement Underfill the cavity
Light cure

54 Clinical Procedures Seal the entire surface Check occlusion

55 Recall Maintenance and periodic review is essential
Replacement of sealant should be done if marginal debonding or sealant loss is observed

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