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Early detection of tooth wear by en face optical coherence tomography
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Paper Abstract

Excessive dental wear (pathological attrition and/or abfractions) is a frequent complication in bruxing patients. The parafunction causes heavy occlusal loads. The aim of this study is the early detection and monitoring of occlusal overload in bruxing patients. En-face optical coherence tomography was used for investigating and imaging of several extracted tooth, with a normal morphology, derived from patients with active bruxism and from subjects without parafunction. We found a characteristic pattern of enamel cracks in patients with first degree bruxism and with a normal tooth morphology. We conclude that the en-face optical coherence tomography is a promising non-invasive alternative technique for the early detection of occlusal overload, before it becomes clinically evident as tooth wear.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 February 2009
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 7162, Lasers in Dentistry XV, 716205 (18 February 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.809828
Show Author Affiliations
Corina Mărcăuteanu, Univ. of Medicine and Pharmacy 'Victor Babes' (Romania)
Meda Negrutiu, Univ. of Medicine and Pharmacy 'Victor Babes' (Romania)
Cosmin Sinescu, Univ. of Medicine and Pharmacy 'Victor Babes' (Romania)
Eniko Demjan, Univ. of Medicine and Pharmacy 'Victor Babes' (Romania)
Mike Hughes, Univ. of Kent (United Kingdom)
Adrian Bradu, Univ. of Kent (United Kingdom)
George Dobre, Univ. of Kent (United Kingdom)
Adrian Gh. Podoleanu, Univ. of Kent (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7162:
Lasers in Dentistry XV
Peter Rechmann D.D.S.; Daniel Fried, Editor(s)

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