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Brazilian Journal of Oral Sciences
Piracicaba Dental School - UNICAMP
EISSN: 1677-3225
Vol. 4, No. 13, 2005, pp. 735-740
Bioline Code: os05016
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Brazilian Journal of Oral Sciences, Vol. 4, No. 13, 2005, pp. 735-740

 en Depth of occlusal caries assessed clinically by fluorescence laser, conventional anddigital radiographic methods
Luciane Zanin; Marcelo De Castro Meneghim; Andréa Videira Assaf; Vanessa Pardi; Antonio Carlos Pereira & Fabio Luis Mialhe


The purpose of this study was to evaluate the performance of conventional radiographic, direct digital radiographic and the fluorescent laser in determining the extent of caries. The results suggested that the accuracy of the radiographic method was low for detecting enamel lesions and high for dentinal lesions. The fluorescent laser showed a high percentage of false positive decisions, although, this can be considered a good method for diagnosing initial lesions and dentists should adopt a preventive approach in these situations.

dental caries, diagnosis, methods, measurements

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