Many extractions and restorative treatments are performed every single day because tooth decay has become too severe for the dentist to save the tooth. Diagnodent® is a safe fluorescent laser that detects hidden tooth decay accurately, quickly, and in its earliest stages. It accurately exposes areas of tooth decay without scratching, probing or "opening up the tooth." This provides a greater chance of identifying, treating and retaining a natural tooth without the need for expensive and time-consuming restorations.
Diagnodent accurately exposes more cavities (caries) than X-rays and examinations. In fact, this diagnostic tool is over 90% accurate.
The Diagnodent process is performed within the scope of a regular dental checkup. It is strikingly similar to having a laser pointer aimed at the teeth. The laster is actually measuring the amount of 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 cavities (caries) of any significance, more laser light is reflected back.
Once our dentists determine which teeth are suffering from decay, a plan can be formulated and treatment options can be discussed. In most cases, the early detection of caries means more options and a greater chance of saving the affected tooth.