Restoration of primary teeth: Clinical criteria for assessment of the literature

  • M. E. J. CurzonEmail author
  • K. J. Toumba


Aim: To establish a system of clinically based criteria for the assessment of papers published in peer reviewed journals concerning the use of restorative techniques in primary teeth. Background: Various publications that consider the approaches to be taken in setting up assessment criteria within the dental/medical literature were reviewed. These included the so called ‘Cochrane criteria’. On the basis of this review a set of clinically based criteria were drawn up that were then used to produce a list of criteria to be used in a series of systematic reviews of the literature concerning the various restorative techniques, materials and medicaments for pulp therapy and the restoration of primary teeth. Results: There were 25 criteria that were felt to be appropriate of which all criteria were deemed to be appropriate for pulp therapy and 23 for restorative techniques and materials. Conclusion: A set of clinically based criteria is suggested for the systematic review of publications on restorative techniques, materials and medicaments where used for pulp therapy, as used for primary teeth.

Key words

Assessment criteria restorations primary teeth 


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© European Academy of Paediatric Dentistry 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dept. Paediatric Dentistry, Leeds Dental InstituteUniversity of LeedsLeedsEngland

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