1. Assessment of occlusal fissure depth and sealant penetration using optical coherence tomography

    Assessment of occlusal fissure depth and sealant penetration using optical coherence tomography

    Swept source optical coherence tomography (SS-OCT) is an interferometric imaging technique. This study aimed to assess SS-OCT as a diagnostic tool for the evaluation of occlusal fissure depth and sealant penetration into fissure. Seventy investigation sites of occlusal fissures without visible evidence of caries were categorized into four groups (smooth, shallow, intermediate, and deep fissures). Categorization utilized two methods: 1) visually, using a computer screen, and 2) using SS-OCT images. After sealant placement, penetration was observed in SS-OCT. The results obtained from SS-OCT and visual inspections were compared with those of confocal laser scanning microscope (CLSM). The diagnostic power of ...

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