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Comparison of three methods for detection of carious lesions in proximal surfaces versus direct visual examination after tooth separation

  • Fabio Luiz Mialhe1
  • Antonio Carlos Pereira1,*,
  • Vanessa Pardi1
  • Marcelo de Castro Meneghim1

1Faculdade de Odontologia de Piracicaba-FOP/UNICAMP, Departmento de Odontologia Social, Av. Limeira, 901, Piracicaba, SP, Brazil CEP 13414-903.

DOI: 10.17796/jcpd.28.1.g121387868676514 Vol.28,Issue 1,January 2004 pp.59-62

Published: 01 January 2004

*Corresponding Author(s): Antonio Carlos Pereira E-mail:


The present study aimed to compare clinical, fiber-optic transillumination and bite-wing radiographic assessment of carious lesion depth in contacting proximal surfaces with the results obtained by direct visual inspection after tooth separation of the respective surfaces. It is suggested that when a carious lesion is diagnosed as non-cavitated by clinical examination or restricted to enamel by FOTI or radiographic examinations in a population of children with low caries prevalence, dentists should adopt a preventive approach.

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Fabio Luiz Mialhe,Antonio Carlos Pereira,Vanessa Pardi,Marcelo de Castro Meneghim. Comparison of three methods for detection of carious lesions in proximal surfaces versus direct visual examination after tooth separation. Journal of Clinical Pediatric Dentistry. 2004. 28(1);59-62.


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