Finding Decay Earlier
The Diagnodent is a laser cavity detector. It uses a low-level laser signal that is beamed into the tooth. It measures the reflection (fluorescence) coming back at it, and creates a digital readout from 0 to 99. Strong healthy teeth will have very low numbers. Decay is indicated by higher numbers and exposed decay will register a 99. The Diagnodent can effectively look through the enamel and determine if there is decay underneath it. It is particularly useful in the pits and fissures on the chewing surface of a tooth. Often times the enamel is strong and hard, yet the bacteria are able to get into the inner part of the tooth through the smallest gap, and start decaying the tooth under the enamel.
This happens even though the tooth looks fine to the naked eye or to the traditional method to detect decay called dental pick or explorer. What often happens without the Diagnodent is decay goes undetected for years, and when it is finally discovered it is a big, expensive problem. The Diagnodent is one of the key tools in Minimally Invasive Dentistry. We use the analogy of the Diagnodent to radar or sonar in assessing the status of the density of the tooth. Early caries detection is coupled with conservative restoration using Air Abrasion in saving the strength of a tooth for a lifetime. Who would like to catch decay early and save the strength of the tooth?
SDWC Patients Speak Out:
“I am extremely satisfied with the outcome and outlook of my oral health at this time. Many thanks to Dr. Bunker, Dr. Edwards, Melanie, Jenny, Ginny, Jamie, Lisa and Gina for their efforts and patience – 1 appreciate the team effort.” Steve G.
Laser Cavity Detector
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