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SMART technique patient friendly and cost-effective approach for managing caries in young kids
patient-friendlySMART technique patient-friendly and cost-effective approach for managing caries in young kids suggests a new study published in the Journal of DentistryA study was conducted to evaluate and compare the clinical performance and cost effectiveness of Silver Modified Atraumatic Restorative Treatment (SMART) and Atraumatic Restorative Treatment (ART) restorations in primary...
patient-friendlySMART technique patient-friendly and cost-effective approach for managing caries in young kids suggests a new study published in the Journal of Dentistry
A study was conducted to evaluate and compare the clinical performance and cost effectiveness of Silver Modified Atraumatic Restorative Treatment (SMART) and Atraumatic Restorative Treatment (ART) restorations in primary molars over 12 months follow up period.
Sixty-seven children, aged 5-9 years old having at least one asymptomatic primary molar with active caries, were randomly assigned to either the test arm (SMART) or the control arm (ART). Clinical performance was assessed after 6 and 12-months using the modified United States Public Health Services criteria. The trial was registered at Clinical Trial.gov with a registration number (NCT03881020). Treatment time for each restoration was recorded, Kaplan-Meier survival analysis and the log-rank test were performed (p<0.05) and cost effectiveness was measured at the end of the study.
• Both techniques showed comparable clinical performance and the mean survival time was 11.8 and 11.6 months for SMART and ART restorations respectively with no detected significant differences
• Mean treatment time for SMART restorations (7.8 min.), however, was significantly lower than ART (15 min.)
• SMART technique, also, showed statistically significant lower mean total cost per restoration
Though SMART and ART have comparable clinical performance and survival in single-surface occlusal restorations in primary molars, SMART is less time consuming and more cost effective. Using SMART technique could change paradigms in caries management. Being a patient friendly and cost-effective approach, it could be adopted as a superior treatment option when dealing with young children, those with behavioral and medical challenges and for promoting access to oral care among the underprivileged.
Abla Ahmed Mohamed Aly, Amr Mahmoud Abdel Aziz, Reham Khaled Elghazawy, Reham Khaled Abou El Fadl. Survival Analysis and Cost Effectiveness of Silver Modified Atraumatic Restorative Treatment (SMART) and ART Occlusal Restorations in Primary Molars: a randomized controlled trial, Journal of Dentistry, Volume 128,2023, 104379,ISSN 0300-5712, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jdent.2022.104379.
Dr. Shravani Dali has completed her BDS from Pravara institute of medical sciences, loni. Following which she extensively worked in the healthcare sector for 2+ years. She has been actively involved in writing blogs in field of health and wellness. Currently she is pursuing her Masters of public health-health administration from Tata institute of social sciences. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.