Dental Crowns are More Effective Than Fillings for Decay in Primary Molar Teeth

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Globally dental caries affects 60-90% of children, most commonly in primary molar teeth. If this is not managed it can lead to pain and infection and impact on ability to grow and thrive.

The aim of this review was to evaluate the clinical effectiveness and safety of all types of pre-formed crowns for restoring primary teeth compared with conventional filling materials (such as amalgam, composite, glass ionomer cement, resin-modified glass ionomer, and compomers), other types of crowns or methods of crown placement and non-restorative caries treatment or no treatment.

Methods Searches were conducted in the Cochrane Oral Health Group Trials Register, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL) Medline, Embase, Open Grey, the US National Institutes of Health Trials Register

( and the World Health Organization (WHO) International Clinical Trials Registry Platform without restrictions. Randomised controlled trials (RCTs), including split-mouth studies that assessed the effectiveness of crowns compared with fillings, other types of crowns, non- restorative approaches or no treatment in children with untreated tooth decay in one or more primary molar teeth were considered. Only trials with a least 6 months follow up were considered. Standard Cochrane methodological approaches for analysis were followed.

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