Diagnostic Laser

Non-invasive Cavity Detection Using the DIAGNOdent Laser

Two important things we do for our patients are to identify cavities and restore teeth. Any spot of decay can threaten the integrity of an entire tooth. Removing tooth decay early is key to preventing an onset of future dental issues. Dental exams used to be spent sitting through lengthy poking and prodding sessions to find tooth decay. Those exams turned out to be only 50 to 75 percent effective because cavities can hide along fissure lines or inside biting (occlusal) surfaces. The cavity also has to be as large as the probe head for the dentist to find it.

DIAGNOdent is a revolutionary dentistry tool that aids in the early detection and treatment of cavities. The laser is scanned over the teeth and detects decay by reflecting fluorescence in areas where cavities are present. Healthy teeth show very little fluorescence, but teeth with cavities show more fluorescence depending on the amount of decay. The DIAGNOdent laser translates the fluorescent readings into numeric outputs, making it much easier to detect cavities and the amount of the decay.

This technology quickly identifies the tiniest bit of tooth decay, which allows for shallower and simpler fillings and providing a specific means of monitoring suspicious areas without multiple x-rays. Small cavities can be fixed early before they lead to larger more expensive procedures such as a root canal.  This also help preserve as much of the natural teeth as possible.

Cavities are now found earlier with this technology. DIAGNodent makes it easier to come to the dentist, knowing that all of your cavities can be found in a quick, comfortable, and comprehensive way.