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SADJ. 2004 Sep;59(8):327, 329.

Minimal intervention dentistry (MI) for South Africa.

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Division of Public Oral Health, University of the Witwatersrand Medical School, 7 York Rd, 2193 Parktown, Johannesburg.


The intention of Minimal Intervention Dentistry (MI) is to preserve as much tooth tissue as possible and to offer less threatening care to fearful patients. MI is based on a new understanding of cariology and the therapeutic value of biomimetic materials such as Glass lonomers. It has particular relevance to a new caries classification and employs treatment concepts such as selective caries removal and sealed restorations. The MI approach is appropriate for the vast majority of the population in South Africa; it addresses the public fear of dental treatment. It can be an effective private practice builder and is thus applicable to private and public services.

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