DIAGNOdent Laser Cavity Finder

What Is DIAGNOdent?

Patient undergoing a treatment for tooth decay in Hedgesville, WVStudies show that Tooth decay doesn’t happen overnight. Studies show that most cavities begin as tiny amounts of damage in the grooves of a tooth’s surface. By the time decay is noticeable, a fair amount of enamel has been compromised. Sometimes this damage progresses without being seen or felt by the patient. Recent research also suggests that many instances of tooth decay never reach the tooth’s surface at all. A Dentistry IQ article states that 20% of cavities that develop occur beneath enamel where they can cause hidden and extensive damage. DIAGNOdent is a laser cavity finder that has been developed to detect small areas of decay before visible signs develop.

Untreated tooth decay progresses through the different layers of a tooth. The longer a tooth goes without treatment, the greater the risk to that tooth and its roots. As damage moves inward toward the tooth’s core, vital structures lose vitality. In severe cases, this can result in tooth loss.

Using innovative laser technology like the laser diode of DIAGNOdent, we increase the efficiency of dental inspection so teeth have a much better chance at long-term survival.

How Does DIAGNOdent Work?

DIAGNOdent is a handheld applicator that uses laser fluorescence to detect hidden tooth decay. When the particular laser light in the DIAGNOdent device is dispersed over the tooth, the material that has been damaged by caries, or dental decay, shines fluorescent. The device measures the degree of caries based on the extent of fluorescence and provides an accurate reading for the dentist to determine the appropriate treatment protocol.

What Are The Benefits Of DIAGNOdent?

Dental care gains value when diagnostic tests provide the most accurate indication of the health of individual teeth. Historically, tooth decay has been found using X-rays and examination techniques such as probing enamel for hardness. Soft spots on a tooth indicate decay. The development of the DIAGNOdenta laser has been shown in research to greatly increase the accuracy of the diagnosis of tooth decay. DIAGNOdent is not only efficient at detecting surface decay but also at discovering caries damage hidden beneath the surface of the enamel.

When tooth decay is found earlier, the patient gains more options for treatment. Additional benefits include:

  • Brief, noninvasive diagnostic technique.
  • Measurable results.
  • Early cavity detection minimizes future dental procedures.
  • No additional exposure to x-rays.

Schedule A Visit With Us

At Dental Arts of Hedgesville, we are interested in helping you maintain your healthiest smile. To schedule a consultation and examination with Dr. Smith, call (304) 754-8803.

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