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Sealants: The Added Link in Prevention

Course Number: 673

Procedures for Pit and Fissure Sealant Placement

Procedures for pit and fissure sealant placement may vary based on type of sealant and manufacturer. Referring to the manufacturer’s instructions is recommended before proceeding.

Tray Set Up

Prior to the start of the procedure, a tray with all necessary instruments, supplies, and equipment should be prepared. The items listed below are included in the sample tray set-up (Figure 6). Each operator needs to determine what should be included on the tray based on personal preferences and the sealant material being used.


Figure 6. Tray set-up.

Explorer (No. 5)
Cotton Pliers
Isolation Device such as cotton rolls or other substitutes
Saliva ejector
Syringe Tip
Slow Speed Handpiece
Curing Light
Articulating Paper

The following pages will outline procedural steps for resin-based sealants and glass ionomer cement sealants.