Nonrestorative Treatments as a First Line Therapy for Caries

April 2, 2020
8:00am to 9:00am


The ADA Guideline on "nonrestorative treatments" for caries encourages clinicians to prioritize the use of Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF) based on effectiveness, safety, and feasibility. The ADA has designated SDF and other nonrestorative or minimally invasive approaches as the only effective techniques to treat dental caries without aerosolizing oral fluids, thereby minimizing risk of microbial transmission in the dental setting. To get everyone up to speed on this relatively new paradigm of dentistry, we will focus on technique (skip the compressed air!), frequency protocol, monitoring response, case selection, and alternatives. Clinicians need to be prepared to approach the black staining, to field the 11-32% of cavitated carious lesions that will keep growing, and to prepare patients to receive these treatments. Lessons from recent adoption of SDF and other nonrestorative caries treatments can guide clinicians to dramatically reduce the burden of caries and keep patients out of pain.

Participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the technique for applying Silver Diamine Fluoride,
  • Design a frequency protocol to optimize effectiveness for their practice community and individual patient, and
  • Monitor outcomes of nonrestorative caries treatments.

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Categories: Basic Sciences, Cariology