Although advances in the application of preventive dentistry techniques, widespread acceptance of community fluoridated water, and increased dental education in parents have reduced the incidence of caries in children, there is still a high prevalence of early childhood caries (ECC), especially in the lower socioeconomic population.

In the last half century the emphasis on treatment of extensively decayed primary teeth shifted from extraction to restoration. Early restorations consisted of placement of stainless steel bands or crowns on severely decayed teeth. Over the last two decades there has been an explosive interest by adults in aesthetic restoration of their compromised dentition. Similarly, a higher aesthetic standard is expected by parents for restoration of their children’s carious teeth.

Aesthetic full coverage restorations are available for anterior and posterior primary teeth. This continuing education course will concentrate on aesthetic full coverage restorations for posterior primary teeth.