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Stereomicroscopic study of the human tooth caries: clinical and morphological correlations
Author(s): Roxana Oancea; Liliana Vasile; Cristian Marchese; Ruxandra Sava-Rosianu
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Objectives: Stereomicroscopy allows a three-dimensional study of the images and of laterality at superior quality in comparison with other methods. Those advantages are given by the large examination fields and the wide work distances. The adding of the clinical and morphological data at the results gathered with stereomicroscopy and the stereo micrometry is useful in order to appreciate the deepness and the widening of the carious process, and the necessity to reconsider the therapeutically strategy. Materials and methods: During 2009-2011 the study material was represented by 10 surgically removed impacted third molars, and by 20 premolars extracted for orthodontic purposes, with closed and macroscopically apparently integer surfaces. 13 premolars with different degrees of carious affectation and periodontal lesions, which were surgically extracted without trauma, were also selected. The in situ measurements at the occlusal site were realized through the utilization of a fluorescent laser device - DIAGNOdent. The basic principles in stereomicroscopy stood at the base of the obliquely and circularly coaxial illumination techniques, one with optical alignment adjustment of the optical microscope and mechanical adjustment for the optimal illumination and micrometry. The Olympus Microscope SZ ×7 and an Olympus camera with 2,5 × digital zoom and a 3× optical zoom has been used to study the samples in stereomicroscopy and through polarized light it. Results: The DiagnoDent measured the following data: out of 43 apparently healthy teeth, 18 presented values between 2 and 13 (D1), 13 showed values between 14 and 24 (D2), 12 measured values over 24 (D3). After the histological examination in stereomicroscopy and in the polarized light: 25 teeth were healthy, 10 presented caries extended in dental enamel and 8 presented dentinal caries. Stereomicroscopy has allowed the morphological study, the color absorption, the appreciation of the lesions' deepness and substance loss that is very useful in grading the progression of the carious lesion. Conclusions: The stereomicroscopic study correlated with clinical and morphological data allowed to appreciate the extent of tissue involved in the carious process, but also the understanding of the enamel, dentine and cement matrix demineralization process, in proximity with the morpho-embryological markings of the human tooth structure.

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Date Published: 8 May 2012
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 8427, Biophotonics: Photonic Solutions for Better Health Care III, 842740 (8 May 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.923352
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Roxana Oancea, Univ. de Medicina si Farmacie Victor Babes, Timisoara (Romania)
Liliana Vasile, Univ. de Medicina si Farmacie Victor Babes, Timisoara (Romania)
Cristian Marchese, Univ. de Medicina si Farmacie Victor Babes, Timisoara (Romania)
Ruxandra Sava-Rosianu, Univ. de Medicina si Farmacie Victor Babes, Timisoara (Romania)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8427:
Biophotonics: Photonic Solutions for Better Health Care III
Jürgen Popp; Wolfgang Drexler; Valery V. Tuchin; Dennis L. Matthews, Editor(s)

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