The effectiveness of a quantitative light-induced fluorescen
Diagnosing a cracked tooth is a challenge for dental clinicians. This report describes the use of a quantitative light-induced fluorescence (QLF) device that detects fluorescence reactions with visible light (405 nm) to visually identify microscopic tooth cracks during the diagnosis and treatment of cracked teeth that caused pulp disease.

Fluorescence images of the occlusal surface, before and after removal of the restoration, and inside of the access cavity for root canal treatment were obtained using an intraoral capture-type QLF device; namely, the Q-ray penC.

The device provided visual information such as enhanced magnification and fluorescent images to identify cracks on the exterior of the tooth, around restorations, and inside the cavity after removal of the restoration by a simple image-capture process. The device was able to demonstrate the existence of the crack line and to predict the depth of cracks during treatment.

Conclusively, the QLF device showed the potential benefit in the diagnosis and characterization, including the location and depth, of tooth cracks.

Journal of Endodontics