Glass ionomer cement and resin-based fissure sealants are equally effective in caries prevention. Critical Summary Prepared by: Sachin Seth DDS 

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Caries-preventive effect of glass ionomer and resin-based fissure sealants on permanent teeth: a meta analysis

Yengopal V, Mickenautsch S, Bezerra AC, Leal SC. Journal of Oral Science. 2009;51(3):373-82

Published Date: 5/12/2011

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  • Systematic Review Conclusion:

    The evidence suggests that there is no difference in the caries-preventive effects of glass ionomer cement (GIC) and resin-based fissure sealants. Therefore, both materials appear to be equally suitable for clinical application as fissure sealant materials.

  • Critical Summary Assessment:

    The results of a systematic review of limited evidence showed that there is no difference between the use of GIC and resin-based fissure sealants on permanent teeth in the prevention of dental caries. The conclusion that both sealant materials are equally effective does not reflect the possible confounding effects of either the resin-based fissure sealant or the GIC fissure sealant used in a split-mouth design.

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