As with any disease process, the early initiation of therapy for dental caries is often the most effective means to ensure resolution. However, for any therapy to be effective, early diagnosis is paramount to success. Unfortunately, current tools used in dental caries detection are not sensitive enough to diagnose the disease process in its early stages and, frequently, once a diagnosis is made restoration is the only effective means of treatment. Quantitative light-induced fluorescence, electrical conductance measurements, direct digital radiography, and direct fiber optic transillumination are methods that may offer promise as effective tools in diagnosing early dental caries. This article describes some of the research that has been performed to make these methods a reality.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Pages (from-to)||665-677, vi|
|Journal||Dental clinics of North America|
|State||Published - Oct 1999|
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