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Our dentists are advocates for healthy, natural teeth, which is why we've invested in DIAGNOdent®, a State-of-the-Art safe fluorescent laser that scans the tooth surface for cavities. During your routine hygiene cleaning, we use DIAGNOdent® to accurately and quickly identify early stage hidden tooth decay that can remain undetected even with today's digital radiology. This provides a greater chance of identifying, treating, and retaining a natural tooth without the need for larger, more expensive restorations.
How can DIAGNOdent® help me?
DIAGNOdent® is over 90% more accurate than visual examination and conventional X-rays in exposing cavities. Due to the use of fluoridation, cavities can “go underground”, essentially meaning that lesions that once lay on the surface of the tooth are drawn downward into the tooth structure and remain invisible to the naked eye. Because DIAGNOdent® can locate cavities earlier, more treatment options are possible.
Here are some of the other benefits associated with Diagnodent®:
NO COST to you during your hygiene appointment!
More accurate than any other diagnostic tool.
No exposure to X-rays.
No pain or scratching.
Empirically measurable results.
Allows for the investigation of suspicious areas.
No need for invasive investigations.
Helps reduce future dental procedures.
Allows dentists to perform treatment with greater confidence.
What does the DIAGNOdent® process involve?
The DIAGNOdent® process is performed within the scope of your regular dental checkup. Similar to having a laser pointer aimed at the teeth, DIAGNOdent® is a hi-tech tool, which first scans a clean tooth surface with a laser beam. This scanning procedure serves to calibrate the instrument by providing information about the tooth structure.
The DIAGNOdent® System is actually measuring the amount of laser fluorescence within the tooth. As each tooth is scanned, the amount of reflected laser light is recorded to produce a digital readout. If the tooth contains little or no decay, little or no laser light will be reflected back to the instrument. However, if a tooth contains caries of any significance, more laser light is reflected back. High readings (compared to the tooth originally scanned) indicate that cavities are present within the structure of a particular tooth. The amount of laser light reflected back correlates with the amount of decay within the tooth.
If early cavity formation is found, a plan can be formulated and treatment options can be discussed. In most cases, early cavity detection means smaller, less expensive treatment options and a greater chance of saving the affected tooth.
If you have any questions about DIAGNOdent®, please ask your hygienist or the doctor!