Technology Matters In Dentistry - Fluorescence Cavity Detection
There was a time when I thought the use of fluorescence for cavity detection was an excessive and unnecessary gimmick. I had worked on a project involving fluorescent tags on recombinant proteins during my PhD work, and I believed that fluorescence would not be a useful way to find cavities due to the complexity and diversity of bacteria in the mouth.
However, I started to notice a certain disconcerting pattern as I treated patients. I would find a small pin-hole cavity in the chewing surface of a tooth, and when I started the procedure to repair the cavity, I would find extensive decay below the surface. This happened particularly often in patients ...