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Article: Volume 41 Number 6 Page 500 - July/August 2014

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  Dent Update 2014; 41: 500-505

Gerodontology:  Minimal Intervention Dentistry and Older Patients Part 2: Minimally Invasive Operative Interventions

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Abstract: As described in the first paper of this two part series, the expansion of our older population and the concomitant reduction in levels of edentulism will result in an increase in the number of patients presenting in general practice with complex restorative challenges. The application of the concepts of minimal intervention dentistry and minimally invasive operative techniques may offer a powerful armamentarium to the general dentist to provide ethical and conservative treatment to older patients.

Clinical relevance: When it is unavoidable, operative intervention should be as minimally invasive as practicable in older patients to preserve the longevity of their natural dentition.

Author notes: Martina Hayes, BDS, MFDS, Clinical Research Fellow, Restorative Dentistry, Edith Allen, BDS, MFDS, PhD, Dip Con Sed, Lecturer in Restorative Dentistry, Cristiane da Mata, BDS, MFD, PhD Student, Restorative Dentistry, Gerald McKenna, BDS, MFDS, PhD Lecturer in Prosthodontics and Oral Rehabilitation, Restorative Dentistry and Francis Burke, BDentSc, MSc, PhD, FDS, FFD, Senior Lecturer/Consultant Restorative Dentistry, University College Cork, Cork, Republic of Ireland.

Objective: To understand the concept of minimal intervention dentistry and relevant operative techniques.