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Perfect Restorative Diagnosis: Myth or Reality?

Prasanna B Dhatavkar, Shalini D Aggarwal, Rhea S Digholkar, Neil V Lewis, Poorva S Kurtarkar

Keywords : Dental caries, Diagnosis, Radiograph

Citation Information : Dhatavkar PB, Aggarwal SD, Digholkar RS, Lewis NV, Kurtarkar PS. Perfect Restorative Diagnosis: Myth or Reality?. J Oper Dent Endod 2021; 6 (1):11-13.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10047-0104

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 30-11-2021

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2021; The Author(s).


Aim and objective: To summarize the basic and advanced diagnostic aids that are able to diagnose dental caries at both the nascent and the advanced stages. Background: Shift in the proportion of mineral loss and gain results in tooth caries, which is considered to be pathological. Tooth decay is a continuous process from a physiological to pathological one and is influenced by many variables. Thus, there is a lack of definite limit among healthy and diseased, owing to the subjective nature of the tooth loss and its potential to remineralize. Review results: In dental practice, the most commonly used tool is the traditional intraoral periapical (IOPA) radiograph that remains the standard for most of the clinician. But most clinicians are likely to use additional approaches for the detection of lesions, given the two-dimensional (2D) nature of the IOPA radiographs and the 3D invasiveness of dental caries. The objective of this view is to explore a well-rounded approach to diagnosis dental caries to eliminate as many surprises as possible while performing a restorative treatment. Conclusion: A diligent and methodical approach leads to the elimination of confounders and enables the clinician to arrive at a comprehensive diagnosis.

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