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J Am Dent Assoc. 1994 Aug;125(8):1098-102.

Detecting approximal dental caries with transillumination: a clinical evaluation.

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  • 1Department of Oral Diagnosis and Radiology, College of Dentistry, Howard University, Washington, D.C.


Independent examinations of 300 patients were conducted to evaluate fiber optic transillumination's performance in caries detection. FOTI was used as an adjunct to clinical and radiographic examinations for caries, restoration or secondary caries of approximal surfaces in maxillary anterior permanent teeth. Clinical and radiographic examinations were significantly more effective.

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