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Imaging simulated secondary caries lesions with cross polarization OCT
Author(s): Jonathan Stahl; Hobin Kang; Daniel Fried
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Paper Abstract

The clinical diagnosis of secondary caries has been found to account for the replacement of the majority of intra-coronal restorations. Current methods to diagnose the presence of these lesions at early stages are considered insufficient due to their low sensitivity. Polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography (PS-OCT) imaging studies have confirmed its effectiveness for imaging carious subsurface lesions in enamel and dentin. The objective of this study was to determine if PS-OCT can be used to nondestructively image demineralization through resin restorations on extracted teeth with both simulated and natural lesions. Simulated secondary caries lesions were created by exposing cavity preparations made in extracted human teeth to a demineralizing solution for 48 hours and subsequently restoring with resin. Negative control restorations were also prepared on each tooth. Optical changes in demineralized versus control preparations beneath restorations were measured as a function of depth using PS-OCT. PS-OCT images indicated that a significant increase in reflectivity and depth occurred in the simulated lesions compared with the control preparations. This study suggests that PS-OCT is well-suited to nondestructively detect early caries lesions in enamel beneath composite restorations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 March 2010
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 7549, Lasers in Dentistry XVI, 754905 (5 March 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.849332
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Jonathan Stahl, 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. 7549:
Lasers in Dentistry XVI
Peter Rechmann D.D.S.; Daniel Fried, Editor(s)

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