white spot lesions: where do we stand?
White spot lesions are a manifestation to the unfavorable imbalance between demineralization and remineralization. With the current non-ending global crisis of dental caries on health economics and oral health promotion programs, It became mandatory to detect any carious lesion and manage it as soon as possible. Although WSLs are the initial stage of dental caries (less complicated, with no breach in surface integrity), still their management remains a challenge. No clear guidelines are now available. The aim of this session is to critically appraise current options for management of WSLs.
Intended Learning Objectives:
- Better understanding of Dynamics of enamel demineralization.
- Detection of white spot lesions and differentiation of developmental verus acid-demineralized enamel lesions.
- Different treatment objectives: Biological aspect (arresting disease), esthetic component, and mechanical aspect (weakened porous enamel), all these aspects must be addressed in any line of treatment.
- Different treatment modalities and their predicted outome.