Evidence-based strategies for the minimally invasive treatment of carious lesions: Review of the literature.

Giacaman, Rodrigo A; Muñoz-Sandoval, Cecilia; Neuhaus, Klaus; Fontana, Margherita; Chałas, Renata (2018). Evidence-based strategies for the minimally invasive treatment of carious lesions: Review of the literature. Advances in clinical and experimental medicine, 27(7), pp. 1009-1016. Wroclaw Medical University 10.17219/acem/77022

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Resulting in a high economic and biological cost, the traditional therapeutic approach to carious lesion management is still largely restorative. Minimally invasive (MI) treatment offers an attractive alternative to managing carious lesions in a more conservative and effective manner, resulting in enhanced preservation of tooth structure. The aim of this review was to summarize the evidence behind several MI alternatives for carious lesion management, including the use of sealants, infiltration, atraumatic restorative treatment (ART), and selective carious tissue removal (e.g., indirect pulp capping, stepwise removal, or selective removal to soft dentine). Relevant literature was screened, and articles reporting randomized controlled trials or systematic reviews of strategies to manage non-cavitated or cavitated carious lesions in adults and children were included. Fifty six articles met the inclusion criteria. For non-cavitated lesions, the use of sealants is supported by strong evidence, while the evidence for infiltration of proximal lesions is moderate. For deep cavitated lesions, selective removal to soft dentin and/or stepwise excavation is supported by strong evidence. The use of the ART technique to restore cavitated lesions is also supported by strong evidence as a suitable strategy that has been used extensively in the literature concerning non-dental settings. Preservation of tooth structure through the use of MI treatment for both non-cavitated and cavitated lesions is supported by moderatestrong evidence, which supports the paradigm shift towards routine use of more conservative strategies in the treatment of carious lesions.

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Journal Article (Review Article)


04 Faculty of Medicine > School of Dental Medicine > Department of Preventive, Restorative and Pediatric Dentistry

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Neuhaus, Klaus


600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health




Wroclaw Medical University




Hendrik Meyer-Lückel

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18 Feb 2019 11:08

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23 Oct 2019 19:24

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atraumatic restorative treatment dental caries minimally invasive treatment partial caries removal stepwise technique





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