Primary teeth: which restorative material last longer?

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This review of the longevity of posterior restoration in primary teeth included 31 studies. composite resin had the lowest annual failure rate while stainless steel crowns had the highest success rate. The studies all have a high risk of bias so the findings should be interpreted cautiously.

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Crowns more effective than fillings for decay in primary molar teeth

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Five RCTs were included in this Cochrane review comparing crowns with fillings for the management of caries in primary molars. Moderate evidence found crowns reduced the risk of major failure or pain in the long term compared to fillings

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Direct anterior restorations have good survival rates

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This review of direct anterior restorative materials included 21 studies and covered a wide range of materials and adhesive systems. Overall the failure rates were low for both class III and class IV restorations.

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Review finds glass ionomer had lowest annual failure rate in non-carious cervical lesions

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Non-carious cervical lesions (NCCLs) are saucer or wedge-shaped defects that appear along the cementum-enamel junction as a result of gradual loss of dental tissues in the absence of caries. Their aetiology has not been fully clarified. NCCLs are restored using adhesive materials glass-ionomers and their resin-modified version, poly-acid modified composites (known as ‘compomers’), composite and [read the full story…]

Which type of fissure sealant lasts longest?

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Fissure sealants are a recommended procedure for the prevention of occlusal caries in permanent molars. The aim of this review was to assess the clinical retention of pit and fissure sealants in relation to observation time and material type. The authors searched the Embase, Medline and CENTRAL (Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials)  databases for [read the full story…]