Use of fissure sealant retention as an outcome measure in a dental school setting

Ana Karina Mascarenhas, Amr M. Moursi

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The purpose of this study was to describe and assess the use of fissure sealant retention as a quality measure of the delivery system for pediatric dentistry. The Pediatric Dentistry Section at the Ohio State University College of Dentistry adopted Sealant retention as a measure of quality. Sealant retention in first and second molars was evaluated at each six-month recall appointment. Sealants were categorized as satisfactory or unsatisfactory. Two hundred five sealants were evaluated between March 1998 and March 1999. The mean age of the patients at the time of sealant evaluation was 14.0±2.9. Mean sealant retention period was 29.8±23.2 months, with a range of 0.9 to 148 months. Median sealant retention period was 23.2 months. Overall, 75.6 percent of the sealed teeth were classified as satisfactory. Use of this data in making improvements is discussed. Our results indicate that the use of sealant retention is a suitable measure for quality of care in pediatric dentistry.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)861-865
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of dental education
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1 2001


  • Fissure sealants
  • Outcome
  • Pediatric dentistry
  • Quality
  • Quality measure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • General Dentistry


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