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Sealants may trump reconstruction for cavity treatment
Updated: 3/25/2011 6:59:59 PM

Using sealants to treat cavities is preferable for dentists because they are able to preserve an individual Members of the International Association of Dental Research have said that their recent findings suggest that sealants may be a better treatment option than reconstruction for people with cavities.

Whereas reconstructive procedures have been found to be more effective in preventing further cavity-related tooth damage, the researchers believe that the benefits of proper sealants outweigh the potential risk of breakdown.

"If you have a tight seal, you won't have progression," lead researcher Vibeke Qvist said.

The experts evaluated patients who had received sealants two and a half years after their initial treatments. The results showed that 76 percent of the sealants were in good condition, 10 percent required updating and 15 percent were replaced with restorations.

Approximately 11 percent of patients whose teeth had been sealed showed progression of their cavities, opposed to 1 percent of subjects with restored surfaces.

The researchers noted that multiple dental sessions are required for restorative maintenance. Thus, they recommend that more dentists treat lesions with sealants or resin.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a total of 19 percent of children have untreated caries. Regular dental checkups are needed to detect these conditions.

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