By Van B. Haywood, DMD, Kim L. Capehart, DDS, PhD, MBA, Jeril R. Cooper, III, DMD
Sealants are one of the most effective strategies to prevent occlusal caries on posterior teeth. The etching-bonding of composite material to enamel is one of the strongest bonds achievable in dentistry. A recent Cochrane review indicates that sealants can reduce decay in posterior teeth by 11% to 51%.1 The longer the sealant is retained on the tooth and the deeper the sealant’s penetration, the more effective it is in preventing decay.2
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