Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the dental professional should be able to:

  • Understand how a change from surgical repair of caries to prevention has influenced caries diagnosis methods.
  • Explain why caries diagnosis is important.
  • Discuss the difference between the medical and dental perspective of caries diagnosis.
  • Identify the tools and diagnostic criteria of visual–tactile methods.
  • Be familiar with the benefits and limitations of visual–tactile methods.
  • Identify diagnostic criteria of the bitewing radiography method, as well as its benefits and limitations.
  • Be familiar with newer methods of caries lesion detection and assessment, including methods based on X-rays, light, and electrical current.