Medical Management of Dental Caries

  • Elise W. Sarvas


Dentistry is expanding beyond primary prevention and tertiary surgical treatment to include a host of minimally invasive tools and techniques to manage dental caries. These include the use of Hall crowns, interim therapeutic restorations with fluoride-rich materials, medicaments such as SDF, and combinations thereof. The use of these approaches may be of significant benefit to individuals with special health-care needs for whom traditional invasive dental treatment may necessitate care under potentially risky sedation or general anesthesia. These minimally invasive methods may delay traditional methods until a more ideal time or entirely prevent their need. Using a medical management of dental caries approach can increase the treatment options available to the dental practitioner to provide optimal care for his or her patients.


Minimally invasive dentistry Hall crowns ART/ITR SMART Silver diamine fluoride 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elise W. Sarvas
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  1. 1.Division of Pediatric Dentistry, Department of Developmental and Surgical SciencesUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA

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