Atraumatic Restorative Treatment (ART) is a preventive and restorative approach for managing carious lesions of the teeth.
It constitutes of hand instruments only (no electric drills used) for widening cavity openings and for excavating soft decayed tissue from within the cavity.
Followed by the application of an adhesive dental material, usually a high-viscosity glass-ionomer filling material, into the cavity and over the adjacent pits and fissures.
This treatment approach has the advantages of being relatively easy to use after proper training and has shown to be cost-effective.
It also hardly induces dental anxiety amongst children and adults. Additionally, ART does not require extensive dental equipment.
The instruments and materials needed to perform ART are portable.
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