Chemomechanical caries removal in primary teeth in a group of anxious children

Ansari, G., Beeley, J. and Fung, D.E. (2003) Chemomechanical caries removal in primary teeth in a group of anxious children. Journal of Oral Rehabilitation, 30, 773 -779. (doi:10.1046/j.1365-2842.2003.01119.x)

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1046/j.1365-2842.2003.01119.x

Abstract

Chemomechanical removal of dental caries has considerable potential in the treatment of patients with management problems, especially in paediatric dentistry. The aim of this study was to assess the acceptance and success of the technique in young nervous patients. A group of 20 patients, aged between 4 and 10 years with a high level of dental anxiety was selected. The study achieved a success rate of over 90% in acceptance of cavity preparation by this procedure followed by placement of a restoration. The length of time required for cavity preparation was comparable with conventional methods. The need for local anaesthesia was reduced or eliminated and the children did not complain of any pain during the procedure. It is concluded that chemomechanical caries removal in vivo in primary teeth is an effective alternative to conventional mechanical caries removal and is advantageous in patients who have a phobia to the dental handpiece and/or injections.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:UNSPECIFIED
Authors: Ansari, G., Beeley, J., and Fung, D.E.
Subjects:R Medicine > RK Dentistry
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing > Dental School
Journal Name:Journal of Oral Rehabilitation
ISSN:0305-182X

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