Assessment of Caries Diagnosis and Caries Treatment

The purpose of this project was to identify methods that DPBRN dentists used to diagnose and treat caries lesions. The aims of this study were to: (a) quantify the percentages of DPBRN dentists who report using selected methods for caries diagnosis; (b) quantify the percentage of DPBRN dentists who report using a caries-risk assessment protocol of any variety; (c) quantify the percentages of DPBRN dentists who report intervening surgically at caries stages E1, E2, D1, D2, or D3. The aims were met by enrolling more than 500 DPBRN practitioner-investigators, each of whom completed a 10-page questionnaire about caries diagnosis and treatment assessment. Findings from this study were compared to treatment that was actually delivered as determined in DPBRN studies of primary and replacement restorations.