n Journal of Minimum Intervention in Dentistry - Patient comfort after chemo-mechanical caries removal - a systematic review [poster] : grey literature

Volume 6, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1998-801X


[This document has been captured as part of the JMID-section for Grey-literature. Grey (or gray) literature refers to informally published written material that may be difficult to trace via conventional databases and/or journals as it is not formally published or is not widely accessible. However, Grey literature may still be an important source of information. Examples of grey literature include e.g: patents, reports, working documents or unpublished manuscripts]

Studies have revealed that the most feared events in dental treatment as ranked by patients are drilling, being given anaesthesia, and tooth extraction. More than 74% of the patients treated with chemo-mechanical caries removal experienced no discomfort during procedures. A small percentage (<4%) felt that chemo-mechanical caries removal was worse than drilling. A significant disadvantage of the chemo-mechanical method of caries removal in all included studies related to the time taken to complete this procedure when compared to conventional drilling (chemo-mechanical caries removal requires patient to spend more time in the dental chair). The evidence suggests that chemo-mechanical caries removal ensures higher patient comfort than conventional drilling. The clinical implication is that chemo-mechanical caries removal methods offer a useful alternative, especially for patients with dental anxiety.

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