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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 329-333

In vivo and in vitro diagnosis of cracked teeth: A review

1 King Abdulaziz Dental Center, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
2 College of Dentistry, King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
3 Al Yamamah Hospital, Ministry of Health, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Abdulrahman N Alsolaihim
King Abdulaziz Dental Center, King Abdulaziz Medical City, Ministry of National Guard Health affairs, Mail Code: 1243, P. O. Box 22490, Riyadh 11426.
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jioh.jioh_92_19

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Dentinal microcracks are a diagnostic challenge, which determines the longevity of the tooth structure. A few etiological factors of dentinal microcracks are traumatic occlusion in aging teeth and also the effect of rotary files, heavy spreader pressure during condensation, and post-placement during root canal treatment. This article describes the various in vivo and in vitro diagnostic aids and describes in detail various recent methods used for the detection of microcracks in vitro with special emphasis on micro-computed tomography (micro-CT). Micro-CT has wide applications in medical imaging. Micro-tomography scanners offer isotropic resolution, and therefore three-dimensional images can be displayed. Also, micro-CT is very precise, has remarkable space resolution, and requires a shorter capture time than cone beam computed tomography.

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