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Recent years have seen an increase in research activity surrounding diagnostic methods, particularly in the assessment of early caries lesions. The drive for this has come from two disparate directions. The first is from the dentifrice industry who are keen to develop techniques that would permit caries clinical trials (CCTs) to be reduced in duration and(More)
Forensic dentistry can be defined in many ways. One of the more elegant definitions is simply that forensic dentistry represents the overlap between the dental and the legal professions. This two-part series presents the field of forensic dentistry by outlining two of the major aspects of the profession: human identification and bite marks. This first paper(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the impact of patient risk status on Colombian dentists' caries related treatment decisions for early to intermediate caries lesions (ICDAS code 2 to 4). METHODS A web-based questionnaire assessed dentists' views on the management of early/intermediate lesions. The questionnaire included questions on demographic characteristics, five(More)
There has been a large increase in the number of tooth colored restorations "white fillings" placed in recent years. An increased demand from the public for more aesthetic dental restorations causes a potential problem for forensic dentists who may find the fillings difficult to identify and hence include in postmortem odontograms. This has implications for(More)
Parts 5 and 6 of this series examine innovations in diagnostic and management procedures and assess their potential to become everyday tools of the dental clinician. This paper examines some of the diagnostic tools supporting a philosophical shift in mainstream dental practice from concern with extensively decayed teeth to a focus on detecting incipient(More)
Dentists are involved in diagnosing disease in every aspect of their clinical practice. A range of tests, systems, guides and equipment--which can be generally referred to as diagnostic procedures--are available to aid in diagnostic decision making. In this era of evidence-based dentistry, and given the increasing demand for diagnostic accuracy and properly(More)
The use of fluorescein-enhanced quantitative light-induced fluorescence (QLF) in the detection of in vitro root caries demineralization and reminerlization was investigated. Fourteen previously extracted human premolar roots were selected and determined to be caries-free. Cementum was removed and nail varnish applied leaving an exposed window. Positive and(More)
OBJECTIVE In this article we report on the use of the IOSN as a referral tool in primary care and the need for sedation in the referred patient population (as determined by the IOSN score). SETTING Four centres in the North West of England (primary care) accepting referrals for treatment with the aid of sedation participated in this study. DESIGN A(More)
This article presents a discussion of the scientific basis for human bitemark analyses. Using a review of the literature, the major areas of contention within the field are assessed: including the accuracy of bitemarks on skin, the uniqueness of the human dentition, and analytical techniques. The review revealed a lack of valid evidence to support many of(More)
OBJECTIVES To review the established and novel methods of plaque quantification employed in dental research, including a discussion of their merits and to present a new method of planimetrically measuring plaque using light induced fluorescence. METHOD Quantitative light-fluorescence (QLF) images were acquired from the buccal surfaces of an individual who(More)