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Int Dent J. 2000 Feb;50(1):1-12.

Minimal intervention dentistry--a review. FDI Commission Project 1-97.

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School of Dental Science, University of Melbourne, Australia.


The concept of minimal intervention dentistry has evolved as a consequence of our increased understanding of the caries process and the development of adhesive restorative materials. It is now recognised that demineralised but noncavitated enamel and dentine can be 'healed', and that the surgical approach to the treatment of a caries lesion along with 'extension for prevention' as proposed by G V Black is no longer tenable. This paper gives an overview of the concepts of minimal intervention dentistry, describes suggested techniques for a minimally invasive operative approach, and reviews clinical studies which have been carried out in this area.

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