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Dentists who recommend repairing restorations tend to treat primary caries at a later stage, while those who aggressively treat them replace restorations more frequently. That should come as no surprise.

But while there is consistency among individuals, treatment consensus for the same samples is lacking, according to a survey of Dental Practice-Based Research Network dentists presented at the recent American Academy for Dental Research general session. In fact, there was not a unanimous or even a majority opinion about when they should place the initial restoration for primary caries, according to the study authors.

Read more in this latest Restoratives Community Insider Exclusive.

In other Restoratives Community news, a study in Anesthesiology Progress highlighted a troubling trend: the growing need for pediatric dentist anesthesiologists and the current lack of available practitioners throughout the U.S.

Meanwhile, childhood obesity is known to have an impact on the development of youngsters, but what about their teeth? A study in the journal Obesity found that teeth in obese children erupt sooner than in non-obese children, which could have implications for the timing of treatment.

And find out how the risk for early childhood caries was addressed in another article that examined the overconsumption of juice by kids in low-income families.

In product news, a Los Angeles-based company is devising a way to specifically target and destroy S. mutans in the oral cavity. Learn about their "smart bomb" technology here.

And can crown and bridge restorative materials work effectively without bisphenol A? One company's research says their experimental material will. Check out the source of their confidence.

Meanwhile, a 10-year study of lithium disilicate fixed dental prostheses (FDPs) put them head to head with metal-ceramic FDPs to determine which had the best survival rates. Click here to read how each fared.

Performance comparisons continued in another article examining the bond strengths of several dental adhesives. Find out which products impressed University of Texas researchers.

Finally, while fluorescence-based caries detection devices have been shown to offer clinical decision-making support, visual inspection should not be discounted when it comes to occlusal caries, according to a recent study in the Journal of the American Dental Association.

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