Journal of the Korean Academy of Pediatric Dentistry 2012;39(2):199-205.
Published online May 31, 2013.
THE STAINLESS STEEL CROWN RESTORATION OF CARIOUS PRIMARY MOLARS WITH HALL TECHNIQUE : A CASE REPORT
Seong goo Yu*, Tae-sung Jeong, Shin Kim
Department of Pediatric Dentistry, School of Dentistry, Pusan National University 
Hall technique을 이용한 우식 유구치의 기성 금속관 수복 : 증례보고
유성구, 정태성, 김신
부산대학교 치의학전문대학원 소아치과학교실
Correspondence:  Shin Kim,  Tel: 055-360-5181, Email: shinkim@pusan.ac.kr
Received: 28 February 2012   • Accepted: 17 May 2012
Abstract
Although the stainless steel crowns have been recognized as the most effective and durable form of restoration for primary molars, they have been regarded by many dentists as having definite demerits such as invasive nature of procedural complexity and behavioral aspects of children. As an alternative to conventional technique of stainless steel crown restoration, the Hall technique was first introduced in 1988, which is characterized by just pushing the pre-contoured, cement filled crown form onto the abutment molar with no local anesthesia, no caries removal, no tooth preparation. According to several reports, this can slow, arrest, or even reverse the progress of caries. In addition, its atraumatic feature gives less discomfort and stress to children than conventional one, which is thought excellent especially in younger children. Also, It has been reported to be effective and acceptable to dentist, child patients and their parents. In this case study, three children with age of 4 years 5 months, 4 years 10 months, 6 years 4 months were treated with stainless steel crowns using Hall technique on first primary molar respectively. The teeth were free from pulpal, periapical pathology. After follow up of about 3 to 6 months period, the results showed clinically successful outcomes without any marked complication in pulp, tooth or soft tissue till now. But, it should be kept in mind that this technique is not proper to every child, every carious molar, or every dentist. Thorough distinction of indicated cases and continuous follow-up check is highly required. Conclusively, Hall technique might be an effective and realistic minimally invasive alternative for the carious primary molars especially in younger or disabled children, despite potential doubts on its efficacy and some definite limitations.
Key Words: Hall Technique, Minimally invasive, Stainless steel crowns


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