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Coronal Polishing & Pit & Fissure Sealant Requirements

The below information is guidance we received from the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners (TSBDE) regarding coronal polishing and pit and fissure sealant requirements. Please reach out to us at email@tapd.org with any questions.

The TSBDE is no longer issuing certificates for applying pit and fissure sealants and performing coronal polishing. The rules do still state that a dental assistant must have the required education/qualifications to perform either service. It is up to the dental assistant and the dentist supervising him/her to ensure that the assistant has the proper training before they delegate a responsibility.

§  Pursuant to 22 Tex. Admin. Code §114.3(f) (f), the dental assistant must comply with the Dental Practice Act and Board Rules in the application of pit and fissure sealants. Pursuant to §258.003 of the Dental Practice Act, the delegating dentist is responsible for all dental acts delegated to a dental assistant, including application of pit and fissure sealant and pursuant to 22 Tex. Admin. Code §114.5(e)(e), the dental assistant must comply with the Dental Practice Act and Board Rules in the act of coronal polishing. Pursuant to §258.003 of the Dental Practice Act, the delegating dentist is responsible for all dental acts delegated to a dental assistant, including coronal polishing.

§  TSBDE  does not enforce training or requirements — it is the responsibility of the dentist to ensure that the assistant has met the requirements.