As we continue our countdown to 2012, the third most viewed post this year was entitled ” Caries Detection Dye” from November 15. The use of caries detection dye is very common in dentistry, and I for one depended on it giving me accurate information that allowed me to treat my patients with exceptional care. In the post I shared my surprise when I learned that the dye does not specifically target caries. The mechanism of action creates the possibility of a false positive as the depth of the prep approaches the pulp. This false positive along with the research showing that tactile caries detection within the body of the prep is more accurate than the dye has resulted in my removing it from my protocol.
Since this post as I have continued my research to find ways to improve my ability to detect caries I have begun looking at some of the new technology for caries detection. Several of these devices are designed to be used in a preparation as well as in occlusal pits and fissures. I’ll keep you posted as I learn more.
To read the entire original post: https://leeannbrady.com/restorative-dentistry/caries-detection-dye?doing_wp_cron