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Marja-Liisa Laitala, Liina Piipari, Noora Sämpi, et al., “Validity of Digital Imaging of Fiber-Optic Transillumination in Caries Detection on Proximal Tooth Surfaces,” International Journal of Dentistry, vol. 2017, Article ID 8289636, 6 pages, 2017. doi:10.1155/2017/8289636

Validity of digital imaging of fiber-optic transillumination in caries detection on proximal tooth surfaces

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Author: Laitala, Marja-Liisa1; Piipari, Liina1; Sämpi, Noora1;
Organizations: 1Research Unit of Oral Health Sciences, Department of Cariology, Endodontology and Paediatric Dentistry, University of Oulu
2Research Unit of Oral Health Sciences, University of Oulu
3Kuopio University Hospital
4Medical Research Center, University of Oulu, Oulu University Hospital
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Language: English
Published: Hindawi, 2017
Publish Date: 2017-11-10


Objective: The aim of our study was to evaluate the validity of the digital imaging fiber-optic transillumination (DIFOTI) method in comparison with clinical visual examination (CV) and bitewing (BW) radiography on detecting caries lesions on proximal surfaces of teeth.

Materials and Methods: Proximal tooth surfaces of premolars and molars () of 91 voluntary university students aged from 18 to 30 years were examined with CV, BW radiography, and the DIFOTI method.

Results: DIFOTI detected more initial and manifested caries lesions compared with CV and BW. Of the analyzed tooth surfaces, 69.8% were classified as sound by DIFOTI, 80.3% by BW, and 91.6% by CV. Initial caries lesions were found in 21.2% of the surfaces by DIFOTI, in 14.1% by BW, and in 6.2% by CV, whereas the proportions for manifested dental caries lesions were 9.0%, 5.6%, and 2.2%, respectively. The interexaminer agreement regarding the DIFOTI findings between an experienced clinician and a fifth-year dental student was high: for initial and for manifested caries lesions.

Conclusions: The noninvasive DIFOTI method seems to offer a potential tool for everyday clinical practice. In clinical use, DIFOTI finds well even initial caries lesions on proximal surfaces, thus providing an instrument for detecting lesions potential for arresting as well as for monitoring the outcome after preventive measures.

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Series: International journal of dentistry
ISSN: 1687-8728
ISSN-E: 1687-8736
ISSN-L: 1687-8728
Volume: 2017
Article number: 8289636
DOI: 10.1155/2017/8289636
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 313 Dentistry
Copyright information: Copyright © 2017 Marja-Liisa Laitala et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.