The overall objective of this clinical study was to determine the feasibility of using a sealed composite restoration to arrest caries. This objective was to be achieved using minimal tooth preparation for Class I lesions, without the traditional Class I cavity preparation and without the removal of the carious lesion. The minimal tooth preparation consisted of no [corrected] removal of the carious lesion, bevel in enamel only, and usually not requiring any anesthetic injection. These ultra-conservative sealed composite restorations placed over caries (CompS/C) were compared with ultra-conservative sealed amalgam restorations (AGS) and with the traditional (unsealed) amalgam restorations (AGU). This study showed that: 1) caries is arrested under the CompS/C restoration for a period of 4 years; 2) sealant retention is similar in both the CompS/C and the AGS groups; 3) the marginal integrity of the AGS restorations is markedly superior to that of the AGU restorations; and 4) sealant appears to prevent wear of posterior composite restorations.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||American journal of dentistry|
|State||Published - Feb 1991|
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