Acta Med. 2008, 51: 145-149

Early Enamel Lesion: Part I. – Classification and Detection

Marina George Kudiyirickal, Romana Ivančaková

Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Medicine and University Hospital Hradec Králové, Department of Dentistry, Hradec Králové, Czech Republic

Received June 1, 2008
Accepted September 1, 2008

There has been a paradigm shift from Black’s ‘extension for prevention’ to a minimal intervention approach in the recent time. The most important aspect in diagnosis of earliest stages of enamel demineralization involves accurate and reliable detection of such lesions. The newer diagnostic aids would enable the dentist to detect and diagnose early enamel lesions and direct appropriate preventive measures to promote remineralization and conservation of the tooth substance. A high level of caries experience necessitates preventive strategies which are more cost effective than surgical intervention and restorative procedures.


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