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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 20  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 71-76

A novel quantitative light-induced fluorescence device for monitoring molar-incisor hypomineralization

Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Faculty of Dentistry, Marmara University, Istanbul, Turkey

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Dr. A Durhan
Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Faculty of Dentistry, Marmara University, Buyukçiftlik Sok. No: 6, Kat: 4, Nisantasi, Istanbul
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/1119-3077.178914

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Background: The FluoreCam system is based on an innovative approach to the quantification of enamel health termed fluorescence enamel imaging (FEI). Enamel is both highly mineralized and semi-translucent. Because of its mineral composition, enamel will fluoresce when exposed to certain light wavelengths. The semi-translucent nature of enamel results in different enamel densities emitting different levels of fluorescence. As a result, with FEI technology, one can measure the density of tooth enamel by measuring its fluorescence when subjected to specific light wavelengths. Purpose: To determine the ability of visual examination and the instrumental procedures of the FluoreCam to monitor molar-incisor hypomineralization (MIH) lesions. Subjects and Methods: This study involved children with MIH at the Department of Paediatric Dentistry, Marmara University. In total, 11 patients with MIH were diagnosed on a visual MIH scale and evaluated with the FluoreCam. The equipment, data processing, and interaction between the equipment and operator were evaluated. Results: Fluorescent images recorded with the custom software, the clinical view, and digital numeric values were evaluated to assess the potential for use of the device in clinical practice. Conclusion: These preliminary data from an ongoing clinical study suggest that measurements with the FluoreCam are useful in monitoring MIH. This technique also provides visual and quantitative feedback to patients.

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