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J Investig Clin Dent. 2012 Aug;3(3):167-75. doi: 10.1111/j.2041-1626.2012.00117.x. Epub 2012 Feb 8.

Minimal intervention concept: a new paradigm for operative dentistry.

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Department of Restorative Dentistry, Dicle University Dental Faculty, Diyarbakır, Turkey.


The current treatment philosophy is to prevent and detect dental disease at the earliest stage in order to avoid invasive treatment. With the current understanding of the nature of dental disease and its process, the treatment philosophy is now changing to a more conservative approach and the concept of minimal intervention is gaining popularity in modern dentistry throughout the world. It is now established that demineralized but non-cavitated enamel and dentine can be healed and traditional surgical approach of drilling and filling may no longer be necessary as this only treats the symptoms of the disease and not the cause. However, when surgical intervention is indicated, the least invasive techniques such as preventive resin restoration and minimal cavity preparation are utilized. The aim of this article is to give dental professionals an overview of the concepts of minimal intervention dentistry and recent innovations in dental technology in both the diagnosis and treatment of dental caries.

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