Alternative treatment strategies for carious primary teeth: An overview of the evidence
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Background: Dental decay in children’s primary teeth is a major health problem in the Great Britain with, in some areas, nearly 60% of five-year-olds having some experience of caries and 16% already having had at least one tooth extracted. Whilst currently accepted best practice for the management of carious primary teeth involves complete caries removal and placement of a plastic restoration, such conventional treatment is unpopular with general dental practitioners. Indeed, less than 15% of carious cavities in five-year-olds are currently restored and as such, there has been recent interest in alternative ‘minimal intervention’ treatment techniques for managing dental caries. Review: This review summarises the literature and also recent research efforts directed towards understanding the role of alternative treatment régimens including: (1) alternative techniques for cavity preparation and excavation and (2) the isolation of the carious process (in some cases, using cariostatic materials) from the oral environment or sealing in dental caries.
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