Caries Process and Prevention Strategies: Diagnosis

Introduction
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Introduction
This is part 6 of a 10-part series entitled Caries Process and Prevention Strategies.  This course introduces the dental professional to the importance of caries diagnosis in prevention of the disease, as well as the intricate link between caries diagnosis and treatment.  The two main methods of lesion diagnosis used today—the visual–tactile or visual methods and bitewing radiography—are discussed, including recent advancements that improve their sensitivity, as well as their limitations.  Topics also include newer approaches to caries diagnosis and management, a brief discussion of why too-early caries lesion diagnosis can be counterproductive and the benefits of enlisting the help of pediatricians in diagnosing caries in children.

Conflict of Interest Disclosure Statement

  • Dr. Ismail is a member of the Board of Director SS White Inc., a company that manufactures special burs for conservative management of caries. Temple University holds the patents to the Smart Bur and Fissurotomy Bur.

Disclaimer:  Participants must always be aware of the hazards of using limited knowledge in integrating new techniques or procedures into their practice.  Only sound evidence-based dentistry should be used in patient therapy.

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