A N.Y. Times article published in November 2011 discusses “microcavities” (a.k.a. incipient lesions) and the recommended treatment options.
While some dentists recommend “watchful waiting” for incipient lesions, especially in patients with limited previous decay history – other dentists recommend immediate action.
This article reminds me of another article we discussed in my evidence-based dentistry course. That article was in Reader’s Digest (I don’t recall the date) and it was about a man that traveled across the country visiting various dentists along the way for comprehensive exams and treatment plans. What he found was a huge discrepancy in the findings and recommended treatments, ranging from a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars.
Overall I think these article remind us of the need to adhere to evidence-based dentistry and stay up-to-date on the most current research and findings. Additionally to practice ethically and in accordance to recommended standards.
Visit the ADA’s EBD website for more information and links to research databases.
~Katie Divine, Minnesota ’13, contributing editor