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GBA new healthcare approaches – FissVers – Update of the S3 Guideline Fissure and Pit Sealants

  • Project Leader: Prof. Dr. Jan Kühnisch
  • Affiliation: Department of Conservative Dentistry and Periodontology
  • Funding: 2022 bis 2023

Caries is still one of the most common diseases in the population. In childhood and adolescence, caries is typically concentrated in the fissures and pits of the permanent molars. With a view to later life, it is therefore important to prevent caries in this group of teeth as early as possible in childhood. Permanent fissure sealing is available as a preventive measure for this purpose.

To describe caries preventive care, the guideline "Fissure and pit sealing" was first published in 2006 and has been revised twice so far. It represents an evidence-based instrument and the recommendations formulated in it are intended for use in everyday clinical practice and specialist care. The guideline aims to provide a scientifically based approach to appropriate, individualised, high-quality and preventive healthcare.

The aim of the FissVers project is to implement the regular revision of the existing S3 guideline, to answer newly formulated key questions, to advance the digitisation of the guideline and to update the accompanying patient guideline. To this end, the researchers will conduct a systematic literature search and review and coordinate their recommendations, texts, tables and illustrations in accordance with the regulations of the Association of Scientific and Medical Societies (AWMF) in the working groups appointed for this purpose. Relevant professional societies, associations and organisations related to the target group will be involved in a structured consensus-building process. The project is funded for one and a half years with a total of approx. 160,000 euros.

If successful, the guideline will contribute to ensuring optimal and up-to-date preventive dental care. In the long term, this should prevent or reduce the occurrence of caries in fissures and pits in children and adolescents in Germany.

Source: GBA Innovationsfonds