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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 52-58

Efficacy of new chemomechanical caries removal agent compared with conventional method in primary teeth: An in vivo study

1 Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, College of Dental Sciences, Davangere, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Ortho and Dentofacial Orthopedics, IDEAS Dental College, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, India
3 Army Dental Centre (Research and Referral), New Delhi, India
4 Department of Pedodontics, Seebar Institute of Dental Sciences, Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, India
5 Department of Pedodontics, Hitkarni Dental College, Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, India

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N B Nagaveni
Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, College of Dental Sciences, Davangere, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2231-6027.199986

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Background: Painless dentistry, minimal intervention and thus giving relief, comfort, and solace and thereby instilling a positive attitude toward dental treatments, are some of the factors justifying the specialty of pediatric dentistry. Aim: The purpose of this study was to evaluate clinically the effectiveness, total working time and pain reaction following treatment with a new chemomechanical caries removal gel (Carie-Care™) compared to conventional drilling method in primary teeth. Settings and Design: This study is a split-mouth clinical trial wherein two methods of caries removal were performed within the same patient. Methods: Two methods of caries removal were compared in the same patient. Sixty carious primary teeth were evaluated from thirty children and divided into two groups as test and control group. In the test group, the caries was removed using the new chemomechanical caries removal gel, and in control group, caries was removed using the dental bur. Statistical Analysis used: Unpaired t-test. Results: The mean time taken for complete caries excavation with Carie-Care™ was 3.24 ± 0.74 s. This was significantly longer compared with the conventional drilling wherein the mean time was 2.08 ± 0.24 s (P < 0.001). Patient treated with Carie-Care™ gel experienced significantly comfort (Score 1) (P < 0.001), and it was as effective as drill in caries removal. Conclusion: Carie-Care™, a new chemomechanical caries removal agent could be an effective caries removal method for the treatment of patients seeking an alternative to conventional methods.

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