Illustrated Pediatric Dentistry - Part 1

Diagnosis of Dental Caries

Author(s): Armelia Sari Widyarman*, Eko Fibryanto and Tri Erri Astoeti

Pp: 118-132 (15)

DOI: 10.2174/9789815051483122010011

* (Excluding Mailing and Handling)


A balance between demineralization and remineralization is crucial for caries progression. Dental caries can progress if demineralization, which is associated with pathogenic factors, outweighs remineralization, which is linked to protective factors. In some sites, carious lesions are benign, whereas in others they progress and invade deep cavities. Dental caries can be classified according to the site where they occur and their size. Untreated carious lesions can lead to pulpal and periapical diseases. Treatment plan options are based on the diagnosis (pulpal or periapical).

Keywords: Demineralization, Dental Caries, Microorganisms, Remineralization, Substrate, etc.

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