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Quintessence Int 43 (2012), No. 3     30. Jan. 2012
Quintessence Int 43 (2012), No. 3  (30.01.2012)

Page 197-208, PubMed:22299120


A systematic approach to deep caries removal end points: The peripheral seal concept in adhesive dentistry
Alleman, David S. / Magne, Pascal
The objective of this article is to present evidence-based protocols for the diagnosis and treatment of deep caries lesions in vital teeth. These protocols combine caries-detecting dye with anatomical and histologic knowledge to arrive at ideal caries removal end points for adhesive restorations. DIAGNOdent laser fluorescence technology can also be used to confirm these end points. These ideal caries removal end points generate a peripheral seal zone that can support long-term biomimetic restorations. A review of the published literature since 1980 on caries, caries diagnosis, and caries treatments and their relationships to adhesive bonding techniques was carried out. Combining anatomical measurements and pathologic and histologic knowledge with caries-detecting dye and DIAGNOdent laser fluorescence technologies can produce ideal caries removal end points for adhesive dentistry without exposing vital pulps.

Keywords: adhesive dentistry, biomimetic restorations, caries removal, indirect pulp capping