. Influence of different isolation methods on the survival of proximal ART restorations in primary molars after two years

Citation:
Kemoli AM, van Amerongen WE, Opinya GN. ". Influence of different isolation methods on the survival of proximal ART restorations in primary molars after two years." Eur Arch Paediatr Dent. 2008;11(3):132-135.

Abstract:

Aim: This was to evaluate the influence of two methods of tooth-isolation on the survival rate of proximal ART restorations in the primary molars.
Methods: The study was conducted in two rural divisions in Kenya, with 7 operators
randomly paired to a group of 8 assistants. A total of 804 children had each one proximal cavity in a primary molar restored using the ART approach. During the restoration 2 isolation methods, rubber dam or cotton wool rolls, and 3 brands of glass ionomer cements were randomly used by the operators. The restorations were then followed for a period of 2 years.
Statistics: SPSS 14.0 was used to analyze and relate the data obtained to the method of
isolation used.
Results: After 2 years 30.8% of the ART restorations had survived. Higher survival rates of the restorations were obtained when using rubber dam irrespective of the GIC material or the operator.
Conclusions: Generally the survival rate of the proximal restorations in the present
study was very low, but the use of rubber dam resulted in a higher survival rate of the
restorations.

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