Benefits of Visual Diagnosis

Visual diagnosis is quick and easy to perform, does not require expensive equipment, and can be completed without unnecessary radiation. Currently, activity assessment according to the criteria suggested by the ICCMS™ is considered the best choice for performing a caries diagnosis. Surprisingly, data show that when non-cavitated lesions are included in classification, the yield of visual or visual–tactile caries examination is greater than that of radiographic examination because minor mineral losses cannot be detected in radiographs.19,20