It is our goal to help you maintain and improve your oral health. To achieve this goal, the dental care that you and your family receive in our office always includes state of the art equipment. Among the newest technologies is a small laser instrument called that DIAGNOdent, which scans your teeth with harmless laser light searching for hidden decay.
Locating hidden decay before it destroys tooth structure (from the inside out) is a major goal for modern dentistry. The widespread use of fluoride supplements in dental materials, toothpastes and drinking water has made tooth surfaces harder and more resistant to decay. However, diagnosing cavities beneath the hard surfaces is more challenging because the disease process can start through microscopic defects in the hard surface enamel and can readily spread to the softer tooth structure beneath the surface.
X-Rays and probing with an explorer are limited in detecting sub-surface decay, particularly when the cavity is in its early stages. Fortunately, the new DIAGNOdent is a major breakthrough that allows your dentist to monitor the areas below the hard surfaces, locating hidden decay. The use of DIAGNOdent paired with treatment stops the spread of disease before it destroys the tooth from within.
This unique instrument is a pen-like probe that simply glides over tooth surfaces and constantly checks the health of the tooth, providing your dentist instant feedback. A number scale and an alarm signals your dentist when there are signs of hidden decay. This new technology is completely safe and pain free and great for all our patients, especially the little ones!