Caries Detection Dyes

  • Marisa Maltz
  • Rodrigo Alex Arthur
  • Clarissa Fatturi-Parolo


Caries-detecting dyes were developed to guide the dentist to precisely differentiate between carious dentin and sound dentin during carious dentin removal prior to placement of a restoration. Studies have shown that during a caries removal process it is impossible to leave a cavity without bacteria even with the use of disclosing dyes. There is evidence that cavity sealing modifies bacterial growth and drastically reduces the presence of cariogenic bacteria and that sealing of carious dentin does not interfere with pulp vitality or restoration survival. Disclosing dyes lead to more extensive preparations and are not seen to be an essential procedure during the restoration process.


Caries Dentin Dyes Infected dentin Caries excavation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marisa Maltz
    • 1
  • Rodrigo Alex Arthur
    • 1
  • Clarissa Fatturi-Parolo
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Preventive and Social Dentistry, Faculty of DentistryUFRGS—Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do SulPorto AlegreBrazil

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