CAMBRA Protocol

Stop cavities in their tracks

Cavities, also called caries, are damaged sections in the thick surface of your teeth that shift into tiny holes or openings. They are usually the consequence of inadequate dental hygiene, bacteria in your mouth, your nutrition & components of your saliva, your immune system, or medications. 

Dr. Amin Samadian and his San Francisco team use the Caries Management by Risk Assessment (or CAMBRA) protocol as a portion of his preventative dentistry to manage cavities. The purpose of the CAMBRA protocol is to assess your risk for caries and decide on the best preventive and therapeutic treatments to prevent and reverse the dental decay.

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What is the CAMBRA protocol?

Developed by UCSF School of Dentistry after nearly 20 years of thorough study, also known as an evidence-based protocol, CAMBRA is intended to prevent, reverse, and/or manage caries before they lead to lasting tooth damage. This cavity prevention procedure considers the entire caries disease process instead of solely its progression. Instead of emphasizing restorative care, just like Dr. Samadian’s San Francisco practice, CAMBRA focuses on early intervention and prevention. 

Reasons for the CAMBRA protocol

Dr. Amin Samadian and his San Francisco team are firm advocates of the CAMBRA protocol because it’s an ideal way for his patients to stop cavities before they form as well as to obtain and sustain the best possible oral health. Prevention is always better than repair. 

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Take the first step to a healthier smile by scheduling an appointment with Dr. Amin Samadian and his highly trained staff at his San Francisco office.

Our office located in San Francisco can complete most services in a single day using our in-house lab, and we offer zero & low-interest financing options for all treatments. Schedule an appointment today using the form below.

What does the CAMBRA protocol involve?

During the CAMBRA protocol, Dr. Amin Samadian’s San Francisco team will assess your risk level for caries on a scale of 0 to 5 based on the bacterial activity of the saliva, the ph of the saliva and the clinical evidence of decay, your history of dental and medical treatments, and other risk factors associated with decay (medicines, habits, diet, etc.). Once your risk level has been established, he will work with you to design the perfect treatment plan. If you are on the higher end of the scale of risk for caries, his plan will usually involve treating the bacterial infection that could cause them and prevent them from reappearing.

Is the CAMBRA protocol painful?

The CAMBRA protocol does not cause any pain. You can just relax in your chair and let Dr. Amin Samadian’s San Francisco team of specialists assess your risk level for cavities.

What results will I see?

With this cavity prevention strategy, you can anticipate to reduce your risk of cavities and enhance your overall oral health.

What Our Patients Say About Us

*Individual Results May Vary


I could not recommend Dr. Samadian more – AND all of his staff, at that! No longer will I mind or be afraid of going to the dentist.


It’s a completely transformative kind of practice…it was a terrific experience. 


Very informative, patient and sensitive to your needs. Very focused, and desires to ensure it’s done properly the first time.