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January 10, 2018

The Use of Digital Technology for More Thorough Dental Caries Diagnostics

By Lester Appell, DDS
Commercial Supporter: DEXIS®, LLC

Caries detection has changed markedly in recent decades as technology has advanced and dentists have demanded an improved product landscape. There are many transillumination options clinicians can choose from to replace or complement traditional x-rays. Certain caries detection systems are well suited for cases in which the patient either is young or otherwise moves around excessively making the taking of x-rays difficult. The article concludes that clinicians must access a caries detection system's value on a case-by-case basis and should also become familiar with the current changes to insurance reimbursement.


  • Discuss similarities and differences of various caries detection technology currently available.
  • Understand the history of caries detection and the rationale behind modern technologies.
  • Determine what case situations would benefit from using certain caries detection systems.

About the Author

Lester Appell, DDS
Private Practice, Arlington Heights, Illinois

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