We have developed a prototype optical coherence tomography (OCT) system for the imaging of hard and soft tissue in the oral cavity. High-resolution images of in vitro porcine periodontal tissues have been obtained with this system. The images clearly show the enamel–cementum and the gingiva–tooth interfaces, indicating OCT is a potentially useful technique for diagnosis of periodontal diseases. To our knowledge, this is the first application of OCT for imaging biologic hard tissue.
© 1998 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: July 11, 1997
Revised Manuscript: January 16, 1998
Published: June 1, 1998
Bill W. Colston, Matthew J. Everett, Luiz B. Da Silva, Linda L. Otis, Pieter Stroeve, and Howard Nathel, "Imaging of hard- and soft-tissue structure in the oral cavity by optical coherence tomography," Appl. Opt. 37, 3582-3585 (1998)