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Longitudinal caries detection and monitoring with near infrared transillumination
Author(s): Marwa Abdelaziz; Ivo Krejci
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Paper Abstract

Dental caries is one of the most important oral global health burdens. Even though the scientific community has a good understanding of its etiology, almost 100% of the population still present dental caries in one form or another. Different reasons such as lack of oral health education, symptom-driven consultations and late caries detection may be considered as the main explanations. Recently, new noninvasive therapies showed an important protective effect against caries progression. These new treatment options can be mainly applied in case of non cavitated lesions, thus the need for early caries detection becomes crucial. With novel near infrared technologies, early enamel lesions can be detected and monitored over time to provide information on the lesions’ activity and the caries risk level. The long-term monitoring of early lesions- treated or not - is now possible with near infrared caries detection tools. With no ionizing radiation required, frequent imaging of the lesions is possible for high risk patients. Near infrared early caries detection can improve the success rate of noninvasive preventive and therapeutic measures, while providing the opportunity to monitor carious lesions in their early stages and to offer a large window of opportunity for early intervention, when necessary.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 February 2019
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 10857, Lasers in Dentistry XXV, 1085702 (28 February 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2513236
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Marwa Abdelaziz, Univ. de Genève (Switzerland)
Ivo Krejci, Univ. de Genève (Switzerland)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10857:
Lasers in Dentistry XXV
Peter Rechmann; Daniel Fried, Editor(s)

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