Reasons for Replacement or Repair of Dental Restorations

This study will record the reason(s) for replacement or repair of 50 consecutive restorations as diagnosed by 200 DPBRN clinicians. This will constitute baseline data which will be used for analysis of factors that affect the diagnoses.

Factors that affect the number of replaced or repaired restorations will be analyzed using baseline data from the present study, e. g., how they vary among clinicians, the practice setting, the gender of the patients and the clinicians, and the clinicians'' attitudes towards caries lesion development and caries risk assessment. These data will also be a source for monitoring treatment changes in restorative dentistry that may occur over time. A better understanding of the reasons why restorations need to be replaced or repaired may lead to improvements in the longevity of restorations.