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Complete or ultraconservative removal of decayed tissue in unfilled teeth

Complete or ultraconservative removal of decayed tissue in unfilled teeth

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Original languageEnglish
Pages274-276
Number of pages3
JournalAustralian Dental Journal
Journal publication dateSep 2009
Journal number3
Volume54
Early online date24/08/09
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StatePublished

Abstract

The treatment of deep dental decay has traditionally involved removal of all the soft demineralised dentine before a filling is placed. However this has been challenged in three groups of studies which involve sealing soft caries into the tooth. The three main groups either remove no caries and seal the decay into the tooth, remove minimal (ultraconservative) caries at the entrance to a cavity and seal the remaining caries in, or remove caries in stages over two visits some months apart to allow the pulp time to lay down reparative dentine (the stepwise excavation technique).

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