n Journal of Minimum Intervention in Dentistry - Education and training programme of the atraumatic restorative treatment (ART) approach [Report; 1999] : grey literature

Volume 6, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1998-801X


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The Atraumatic Restorative Treatment (ART) approach comprises the removal of carious tooth tissue using only hand instruments. The cleaned and conditioned cavity is permanently restored with a fluoride releasing restorative material, which adheres to enamel and dentine.The success rate of ART restoration after 1, 2 and 3 years are presently at 96%, 92% and 85% respectively. Ongoing development of new enhanced filling materials has shown a 3-year survival rate of ART restorations as very comparable to traditional Amalgam 91,0%. However, unlike amalgam, the application of ART restorations can be applied effectively without the use of electricity and sophisticated dental equipment. In the application of ART, dental operators remove only de-mineralised tooth tissue with hand instruments. The treatment is relatively painless and reducesthe need for local anaesthesia. The progress of caries is arrested and dentine is re-mineralised due to the fluoride releasing and adhesive properties of the restorative material. In addition ART has the advantage of low cost equipment and minimal maintenance and offers a more simplified and appropriate intervention in dental outreach programmes. Infection control is easier and safer. In 1999 our Division implemented the ART approach through its ART EDUCATION AND TRAINING PROGRAMME, it included a clinical outreach service to disadvantaged communities and carried out several research projects.

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