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Year : 2023  |  Volume : 26  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 249-257

The revolutionary evolution in carious lesion management

1 Paediatric Dentistry, College of Dental Medicine, QU Health, Qatar University, Doha, Qatar
2 The Dental Care Centre, Ludhiana, Punjab, India

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Dr. Nebu Philip
P. O. Box 2713, Qatar University, Doha
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jcd.jcd_54_23

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Contemporary paradigms of dental caries management focus on the biological approaches to treating the disease and its principal symptom, the carious lesion. This narrative review traces the evolution of carious lesion management from the operative and invasive approaches of G. V. Black's era to the current period of minimally invasive biological approaches. The paper explains the rationale for adopting biological approaches to dental caries management and lists the five core principles of this management approach. The paper also details the aims, features, and the most recent evidence base for the different biological carious lesion management approaches. Based on current practice guidelines, collated clinical pathways for lesion management are also presented in the paper to aid clinicians in their decision-making. It is hoped that the biological rationale and evidence summarized in this paper will bolster the shift to modern biological carious lesion management approaches among dental practitioners.

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