Diagnosis of pit-And-fissure caries using three-dimensional scanned images

J. K. Mitchell, A. R. Furness, R. J. Sword, S. W. Looney, W. W. Brackett, M. G. Brackett

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Diagnosis of the extent of pit-And-fissure caries has been subjective and thus difficult to teach and categorize for treatment planning. This in vitro study compares occlusal caries diagnosis of extracted posterior teeth (n=49) using three-dimensional (3D) scanned images vs visual examination, according to the International Caries Detection and Assessment System (ICDAS). The surfaces chosen for study represent all ICDAS classifications. Five experienced restorative faculty members examined scanned images for 60 seconds from a standardized series of views of each surface and scored them independently. One month later, the same teeth were examined visually by the same five raters with magnification and LED headlamps, with compressed air available. Intrarater and interrater agreement and validity were assessed using intraclass correlation coefficients (ICCs). The ICCs, ranging from 0.90 to 0.93, indicated excellent agreement between and within raters and between the raters and the gold standard ICDAS determination. This suggests that both photographs and 3D scans of pits and fissures are equally effective in diagnosing caries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E152-E157
JournalOperative dentistry
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry(all)


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