n Journal of Minimum Intervention in Dentistry - Minimal intervention in cariology - identification stage detection & classification of caries lesions




This article describes a system developed recently by a panel of experts in cariology, the International Caries Detection and Assessment System (ICDAS), and suggests a simplified version combined with a treatment protocol drawn up by the GC-MI-Advisory Board. ICDAS is a system based entirely on visual criteria confirmed to be closely related to the histological depth of lesions. It was developed to help in different aspects of cariology: epidemiology / public health, clinical research and clinical practice. However, the system appears to be difficult to use in general dentistry / everyday practice, because the double code is not very easy to handle. The GC-MI-Advisory Board proposes a system derived from ICDAS, simplified for easier application in everyday practice for the detection and classification of occlusal carious lesions.


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