Evaluation of Commonly Treated Maxillary Teeth with Preventive Resin Sealant among Children with Permanent Dentition-A Retrospective Study
Dental sealants were introduced in the 1960s to help prevent dental caries, mainly in the pits and fissures of occlusal tooth surfaces. Sealants act to prevent bacteria growth that can lead to dental decay. Evidence suggests that fissure sealants are effective in preventing caries in children and adolescents compared to no sealants. Effectiveness may, however, be related to caries incidence level of the population. Pit and fissure sealants reduce occlusal caries when proper patient selection and application techniques are followed. The aim of this study was to investigate the most commonly treated primary maxillary teeth with pit and fissure sealants for caries prevention. Data was collected from patients’ dental records in the department of pediatric dentistry to meet the inclusion and exclusion criteria. A total of 171 records of children who had undergone pit and fissure sealants in primary maxillary teeth were evaluated. Descriptive analysis and chi-square tests were performed. Most commonly treated tooth with sealant in the maxillary arch was 55 (40.4%). Sealant application was more common on the maxillary left side (51.5%).