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INVITED REVIEW

Caries Risk Assessment: A Critical Look

Carounanidy Usha

Keywords : Caries risk assessment, Cariogram, Cariology.

Citation Information : Usha C. Caries Risk Assessment: A Critical Look. J Oper Dent Endod 2018; 3 (1):22-27.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10047-0051

License: CC BY-NC 3.0

Published Online: 00-06-2018

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2018; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.


Abstract

Caries risk assessment (CRA) is a concept that is firmly grounded on the well-known fact that dental caries is a disease. Steady accumulation of evidence under cariology has placed this concept as the pivotal point in management of caries disease. Although existent for decades, the CRA concept has not yet become the mainstream practice or training in India. Whatever is being practiced or taught does not seem to be proportionate enough to match its paramount importance in patient service. The reasons may be that it is still being overshadowed by the robust technical and technological growth of restorative dentistry that focuses only on restoring a carious lesion; or it does not possess enough evidence to be emphatic; or it does not provide the expected outcome reliably. The following review attempts to dissect various aspects of CRA in the realm of current evidence and propose certain future directions toward its effective adoption.


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