European Archives of Paediatric Dentistry

, Volume 14, Issue 2, pp 73–81 | Cite as

A comparative study of clinical effectiveness of fissure sealing with and without bonding systems: 3-year results

  • C. SakkasEmail author
  • L. Khomenko
  • I. Trachuk
Original Scientific Article



This prospective clinical study evaluated the sealant retention rate and caries-preventive efficacy of two fissure sealing techniques over a 3-year period.


Subjects (87) aged between 6.5 and 11.5 years were enrolled into two groups. In Group I (41 subjects), a resin-based fissure sealant (Fissurit FX, VOCO, Germany) was placed on all four sound permanent first molars (FPM-164 teeth) of each subject and in Group II (46 subjects) on 4 caries-free premolars (P1–2 182 teeth),using the following adhesives systems: Optibond FL (Kerr, USA), Optibond Solo plus (Kerr, USA), Prompt-L-Pop (3 M ESPE, USA) or the conventional acid-etch technique. Sealed teeth were evaluated at baseline, 6, 12, 18, 24 and 36-month intervals with regard to retention and new caries development. Sealant retention was scored as: (1) complete retention; (2) partial loss; (3) complete loss of sealant.


Wilcoxon-signed rank test was used to analyse the data.


The complete retention rate was: Optibond FL/sealant 80.01–82.92 %, Optibond Solo plus/sealant 73.78–74.27 %, Prompt-L-Pop/sealant 42.84–53.65 % versus acid-etch technique 62.86–71.44 % on FPM and P1–2 (p < 0.05). The fissure caries incidence rate was: Optibond FL/sealant 2.43–2.85 %, Optibond Solo plus/sealant 2.85–4.76 %, Prompt-L-Pop/sealant 24.40–34.28 % versus acid-etch technique 16.66–17.14 % (p < 0.05) on FPM and P1–2. A statistically significant difference in sealant retention rate was observed between FPM and P1–2, using the self-etching adhesive system Prompt-L-Pop and acid-etch technique.


It may be concluded that the use of adhesive systems Optibond FL and Optibond Solo plus yielded better fissure sealing performance.


Pit and fissure sealant Adhesive systems Retention rate 



The authors appreciate the staff at the Department of Paediatric and Preventive Dentistry of Bogomolets National Medical University for their assistance. There was no commercial/financial relationship, interest, or association that might pose a conflict of interest in connection with the article.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Private Paediatric Dental ClinicNicosiaCyprus
  2. 2.Department of Paediatric and Preventive DentistryThe O.O. Bogomolets National Medical UniversityKyivUkraine

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