Full course description
Interestingly, dentists who treat dental caries in children are increasingly understanding that cutting tooth structure with a handpiece is not always an imperative. Only 5% of all procedures performed on children are restorations requiring the use of a handpiece. This course will review several approaches to managing caries in children that do not require the use of a handpiece including: fluoride varnish, silver diamine fluoride, Hall crowns, resin infiltration, and fissure sealants. Subsequent to completing the course, the participant should be equipped to manage caries in children in a manner that minimizes the removal of tooth structure by utilizing a dental handpiece.
1. Discuss the use of fluoride varnish in managing non-cavitated and cavitated lesions in children
2. Recognize the appropriateness and technique of using silver diamine fluoride to stabilize carious lesions in pre-cooperative children
3. Acknowledge the potential role of the Hall crown technique in managing caries in children
4. Employ resin infiltration to treat incipient proximal lesions in both the primary and permanent dentition
5. Distinguish between the use of sealants as a primary preventive agent versus as an early therapeutic agent in managing non-cavitated enamel lesions
Course is available until May 15, 2022