A survey on the status of a chemomechanical caries removal system was mailed to the operative dentistry departments of each dental school in the United States and Canada. Eighty-eight percent of the respondents reported they were not presently teaching this technique. The most frequent reasons given for noninclusion in their curriculum were a lack of available clinical data and a variety of specific objections primarily related to limited applicability. Very few schools presently anticipate teaching this technique in the near future, and those that do are basing their final decision upon outcomes of further research. Consensus opinion indicated that additional studies and more definitive information would be required before final judgement could be made regarding the clinical value of this modality.