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4.1 Sealant Material Selection

Sealant Materials Attributes

Auto-Polymerized vs. Light-Cured Materials

  • The retention rates of auto-polymerized and light-cured sealant materials are comparable.2
  • Auto-polymerized sealants require less armamentarium. Light-cured sealants require a curing light, which must be purchased, maintained, and regularly checked for proper wavelength and intensity.
  • Both auto-polymerized and light-cured sealants are acceptable for use in Maryland Department of Health—Office of Oral Health (OOH)–funded school-based dental sealant programs.
Auto-polymerized sealant mix   Auto-polymerized sealant placement
Auto-polymerized sealant mix   Auto-polymerized sealant placement
     
Light-cured sealants and light   Light-cured sealant placement
Light-cured sealants and light   Light-cured sealant placement