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Remineralization of root caries monitored using cross polarization optical coherence tomography
Author(s): Cynthia L. Darling; Michal Staninec; Kenneth H. Chan; Hobin Kang; Daniel Fried
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Paper Abstract

Previous studies have demonstrated that polarization sensitive optical coherence tomography (PS-OCT) can be used to image caries lesions in dentin, measure nondestructively the severity of dentin demineralization, and determine the efficacy of intervention with anticaries agents including fluoride and lasers. However, those studies were limited to artificial lesions on dentin and roots surfaces. The objective of this study is to determine if a cross polarization OCT system (CP-OCT) can be used to nondestructively measure a reduction in the reflectivity of natural root caries lesions after exposure to a remineralization solution. CPOCT images of 11 teeth with existing root lesions were acquired before and after exposure to a remineralizing solution for 20 days. The integrated reflectivity was calculated after integrating to a fixed depth of 200-μm. There was a significant decrease in the integrated reflectivity after exposure to the remineralizing solution.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 February 2012
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 8208, Lasers in Dentistry XVIII, 82080V (7 February 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.914633
Show Author Affiliations
Cynthia L. Darling, Univ. of California, San Francisco (United States)
Michal Staninec, Univ. of California, San Francisco (United States)
Kenneth H. Chan, Univ. of California, San Francisco (United States)
Hobin Kang, Univ. of California, San Francisco (United States)
Daniel Fried, Univ. of California, San Francisco (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8208:
Lasers in Dentistry XVIII
Peter Rechmann; Daniel Fried, Editor(s)

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