Certification in Sealant Application for the Dental Assistant

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About The Presenter

Dr. Bernard J. Blen is an assistant professor in the University of Tennessee Department of Restorative Dentistry.

After many years experience in private practice in Memphis, he has been on the UTHSC faculty for the past 10 years.

Dr. Blen participates in all areas of Operative Dentistry, including the didactic, pre clinical, and clinical areas of teaching.

Friday, April 20, 2012
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
*A test will be given at the end of the course.
Location: UTHSC Memphis

  • Credit: 8 Hours
  • Tuition: $199 per assistant; includes lunch and handouts
  • Course Presenter: Bernard Blen, DDS
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About This Course

Course Objectives

  • Identification of indications and contraindications for the placement of sealants
  • Recognition of anatomic landmarks on the teeth that influence sealant placement
  • Infection control guidelines when applying sealants
  • Determination of the armamentarium need to place sealants
  • Compare the various types of sealant material
  • Educating patients about sealants
  • Description of acidetching technique
  • Compare the various methods of moisture control necessary when applying sealants
  • Prepare a tooth for sealant including isolation and etching
  • Seal a tooth following a predetermined regimen
  • Self evaluate the success of sealant placement


In order to attend this course for certification in Tennessee, the candidate must have a current Tennessee dental assistant license. Upon successfully completing a test given the same day as the course, the Board of Dentistry will issue you a new certificate with Sealant Application printed on your certificate.

You MUST have ALL items listed below with you when you arrive to take the course. Failure to have all the items could result in you being unable to take the course. UT can NOT provide patients. If you are sealing the teeth of another participant, you must have dentist verification that the teeth are suitable for sealing prior to arriving.

Required Items

  • Clinic attire including gloves, mask, safety glasses and gown
  • Three autoclaved dental mouth mirrors and three dental explores in sterile bags.
  • Two autoclaved extracted posterior teeth mounted in plaster. It is best to be with no, or very minimal, restorations. Must have fissures to seal.
  • Sealant light
  • Bring sterilized handpieces and prophy angles with you. Slow speed air driven handpiece (Four hole, connector, friction angle hand piece and motor for the hand piece, along with a prophy angle.)
  • Composite finishing bur to adjust occlusion for faculty to adjust occlusion in needed.
  • ADA approved sealant used in your office.
  • Copy of the declarations page of your doctor’s insurance
  • Completed Consent, medical history form and disclaimer form on patient

Patient- All participants will be sealing a minimum of four teeth either on another participant or a patient that they bring. A dentist must verify the teeth are suitable for sealing. A verification form will be sent to you before the course is given. If the patient is under 18 parents must have given permission.

The University of Tennessee College of Dentistry is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

The University of Tennessee designates this activity for 8 hours continuing education credits.