European Archives of Paediatric Dentistry

, Volume 11, Issue 3, pp 136–139 | Cite as

Influence of different isolation methods on the survival of proximal ART restorations in primary molars after two years

  • A. M. KemoliEmail author
  • W. E. van Amerongen
  • G. N. Opinya
Short Communication


AIM: This was to evaluate the influence of two methods of tooth-isolation on the survival rate of proximal ART restorations in the primary molars. METHODS: The study was conducted in two rural divisions in Kenya, with 7 operators randomly paired to a group of 8 assistants. A total of 804 children each had one proximal cavity in a primary molar restored using the ART approach. During restorations 2 isolation methods, rubber dam or cotton wool rolls, and 3 brands of glass ionomer cements were used by the operators. The restorations were then followed for a period of 2 years. STATISTICS: SPSS 14.0 was used to analyse and relate the data obtained to the method of isolation used. RESULTS: After 2 years 30.8% of the ART restorations had survived. Higher survival rates of the restorations were obtained when using rubber dam irrespective of the GIC material or the operator. CONCLUSION: Generally the survival rate of the proximal restorations in the present study was very low, but the use of rubber dam resulted in a higher survival rate of the restorations.

Key words

Proximal cavities primary molars atraumatic restorative treatment isolation method survivalrate 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. M. Kemoli
    • 1
    Email author
  • W. E. van Amerongen
    • 2
  • G. N. Opinya
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. of Paediatric dentistry, Faculty of DentistryUniversity of NairobiNairobiKenya
  2. 2.Dept. of Paediatric DentistryUniversity of Amsterdam, ACTAAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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