Caries Infiltration

  • Vera M. Soviero


This chapter presents caries infiltration, a micro-invasive treatment, as an option to treat non-cavitated proximal carious lesions. In the first part, the chapter provides a summary of the process of initiation and progression of proximal carious lesions from the histological and clinical point of views. The reader will have the chance to review basic knowledge in order to have enough support to understand the concept behind the management of proximal caries by caries infiltration. Then, the biological and chemical principles that led to the development of the infiltration concept are briefly described. Moreover, the reason why crucial steps of the technique must be strictly followed is explained. In the next part, indications and contraindications for caries infiltration are discussed, a decision tree is presented, and clinical cases are used to explain and to demonstrate the technique step by step. In the final part, the clinical efficacy and safety of caries infiltration is discussed based on the best scientific evidence available provided by clinical trials and systematic reviews and meta-analyses.


Proximal caries Caries infiltration Resin infiltration Micro-invasive treatment Minimally invasive dentistry 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vera M. Soviero
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Preventive and Community DentistryUniversidade do Estado do Rio de JaneiroRio de JaneiroBrazil
  2. 2.Dental SchoolFaculdade Arthur Sá Earp NetoPetrópolisBrazil

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