Flow diagram - managing the carious permanent tooth

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Decision-making for managing the carious permanent tooth in a child with no medical complications

This flow diagram illustrates the key decisions to be made in forming an appropriate caries management plan that takes into account the factors that influence treatment provision.


For descriptions of initial, moderate and extensive lesions in permanent posterior teeth and initial and advanced lesions in permanent anterior teeth, refer here. Refer to the full guidance for more detailed advice on individual management techniques.