Restorative Treatments for Caries Lesions Clinical Practice Guideline (2023)

Public comments are currently being accepted for the upcoming guideline on restorative treatments for caries lesions. The guideline recommends which direct restorative materials and caries removal approaches to use for primary and permanent teeth.

We want to hear from you!

The ADA Science & Research Institute, working with an expert panel convened by the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs is writing a clinical practice guideline on restorative treatments for caries lesions. To help inform the guideline's development, we are currently seeking comments from the public on the guideline's recommendations, which are available via the blue button below. 

Frequently asked questions

How do I submit feedback?

To submit comments regarding the guideline's recommendations, please use the form at the bottom of this page. Comments may be general or specific. If offering specific feedback, please note the exact part of the guideline's recommendations that you are referring to and provide references to support your comments. 

All submitted feedback will be reviewed and considered by the guideline's authors. The deadline to submit comments is August 31.

How were these recommendations developed?

The upcoming guideline on restorative treatments for caries lesions was informed by a systematic review of the best available scientific evidence considered by the clinical and translation research team at the ADA Science & Research Institute. This review, developed in consultation with an expert panel chaired by Dr. Vineet Dhar of the University of Maryland School of Dentistry, resulted in the recommendations presented above.

Where will these recommendations ultimately be published?
These recommendations will appear in the guideline on restorative treatments for caries lesions and will be submitted for publication in the Journal of the American Dental Association.