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Infrared light sensor applied to early detection of tooth decay
Author(s): Eberto Benjumea; José Espitia; Leonardo Díaz; Cesar Torres
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Paper Abstract

The approach dentistry to dental care is gradually shifting to a model focused on early detection and oral-disease prevention; one of the most important methods of prevention of tooth decay is opportune diagnosis of decay and reconstruction. The present study aimed to introduce a procedure for early diagnosis of tooth decay and to compare result of experiment of this method with other common treatments. In this setup, a laser emitting infrared light is injected in core of one bifurcated fiber-optic and conduced to tooth surface and with the same bifurcated fiber the radiation reflected for the same tooth is collected and them conduced to surface of sensor that measures thermal and light frequencies to detect early signs of decay below a tooth surface, where demineralization is difficult to spot with x-ray technology. This device will can be used to diagnose tooth decay without any chemicals and rays such as high power lasers or X-rays.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 August 2017
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 10453, Third International Conference on Applications of Optics and Photonics, 1045328 (22 August 2017);
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Eberto Benjumea, Univ. Popular del Cesar (Colombia)
José Espitia, Univ. Popular del Cesar (Colombia)
Leonardo Díaz, Univ. Popular del Cesar (Colombia)
Cesar Torres, Univ. Popular del Cesar (Colombia)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10453:
Third International Conference on Applications of Optics and Photonics
Manuel Filipe P. C. M. Martins Costa, Editor(s)

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