incipient caries


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Related to incipient caries: primary caries, Rampant caries, Root caries, Tooth Cavity

in·cip·i·ent car·ies

beginning caries or decay.

incipient caries

One of the two distinct stages in the development of a carious dental lesion. The first stage is the incipient lesion, marked by the appearance of a white spot. Microscopic pores course through the enamel to the subsurface demineralization, where the main body of the lesion is located.
See also: caries

in·cip·i·ent car·ies

(in-sipē-ĕnt karēz)
Beginning caries; initiating decay.
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are unable to keep the balance in favor of re mineralization, then occurs a net loss of mineral leading to incipient caries lesion.
Effect of silver diammine fluoride on incipient caries lesions in erupting permanent first molars: A pilot study.