n Journal of Minimum Intervention in Dentistry - Tooth restoration - non invasive techniques




In the process of treating caries, the first step is not only to identify risk factors and the presence of demineralised areas, but also to identify the best way of treating cavitated or non-cavitated lesions. If the lesions are cavitated we must be invasive, because we have to remove infected tooth tissue. However, there are different ways of treating non-cavitated lesions without removing surrounding sound structures. Fluoride and CPP-ACP have demonstrated in the past their strong capacity to promote remineralisation, with complete consequential healing of lesions. CPP-ACP, in particular, provides calcium and phosphates that are constituents of hydroxyapatite and, in combination with saliva and/or fluoride, can promote strong repairing actions. The respect of protocols is anyway fundamental to obtain the best results.


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