n Journal of Minimum Intervention in Dentistry - Minimal intervention in dentistry : fissure sealing and atraumatic restorative treatment (ART)

Volume 5, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1998-801X


GV Black called the fissure lesion on the occlusal surface of posterior teeth the Class I lesion because he recognized it as the most common lesion. It is still the most common lesion simply because there are often developmental faults within the fissures and bacterial plaque can be forced down into the fissure but it cannot be easily removed. The profession therefore has a responsibility to carefully assess all fissures and be prepared to undertake preventive measures to preserve their integrity. Atraumatic restorative treatment (ART) has proven to be of great value in areas where there are no organized dental services and often no electricity and many patients have been given comfort and relief from pain in a simple relatively inexpensive manner using hand instruments only.

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