Cochrane Review into Atraumatic Restorative Treatment
23 January 2018
A recent Cochrane Review investigated the effects of Atraumatic Restorative Treatment (hand instruments only) compared with conventional (drill and fill) treatments for managing tooth decay in children and adults (primary and permanent teeth). An international team of researchers led by Dr Mojtaba Dorri (Clinical Lecturer in Restorative Dentistry) carried out this review.
Authors concluded that: "There is low-quality evidence to suggest that primary teeth treated with the ART approach using high viscosity glass ionomer cement may be more likely than those receiving conventional treatment with the same material to result in restoration failure. In the treatment of primary teeth, ART may reduce pain experience compared with conventional treatment. The evidence available for evaluating the differences between ART and conventional treatments using other restorative materials or in permanent teeth is very low quality so we cannot draw any conclusions. None of the included studies reported on negative side effects or costs."
The full Cochrane review can be accessed here.