Clinical performance of ART associated with a chemical agent for caries removal


  • Marcelo Tomás de Oliveira UNISUL
  • Sandra Teixeira Bittencourt UNISUL
  • Marilin Duarte da Silva de Oliveira UNISUL
  • Roberta Hübe UNISUL
  • Jefferson Ricardo Pereira


ART, dental caries, glass ionomer cement


Purpose: The aim of this study was to assess the clinical performance of ART associated with a chemical agent used for removal of dental caries. Methods: The sample consisted of 60 deciduous molars of children aged from 6 to 9 year-old. The teeth were randomly divided into two groups. In group 1 the cavities were treated with papain gel (Papacárie, Belo Horizonte, Brazil) before caries removal with dentine excavators, while in group 2 caries was removed only with manual instruments. Groups 1 and 2 were divided into 4 groups (n=15 each): groups G1Mx and G2Mx were restored with Maxion R glass-ionomer cement (FGM, Joinville, Brazil) and groups G1Me and G2Me were restored with Meron glass-ionomer cements (VOCO, Berlin, Germany). After six months the restored teeth were examined to evaluate the presence of recurrent caries, sensitivity, fistula, and integrity of the restoration. Results: No statistically significant difference was found among groups for all criteria evaluated, regardless of the cement material used (Kruskal Wallis test, P=0.055). Conclusion: It can be concluded that the papain gel did not have a negative effect on clinical performance of ART.

Author Biographies

Marcelo Tomás de Oliveira, UNISUL

Graduado pela UFSC em 1990 Mestre em Materiais Dentários PUCRS Doutor em Dentística UFSC Coordenador do grupo de pesquisa em Biomateriais Odontológicos da UNISUL

Sandra Teixeira Bittencourt, UNISUL

Mestre em Odontopediatria UFSC

Marilin Duarte da Silva de Oliveira, UNISUL

Mestre em endodontia ULBRA

Roberta Hübe, UNISUL

Mestre em Ergonomia






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