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Early Cavity Detection With DIAGNOdent

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if cavities could be discovered before they became a complicated problem requiring invasive treatment to preserve the tooth? So often, your teeth have questionable stained or grooved areas. Places that might be the beginning of a cavity or might not. Fortunately, there’s a new diagnostic tool that identifies cavities accurately and early, reducing the occurrence of fillings.

What Is DIAGNOdent?

DIAGNOdent is a laser that, your dentist, can use to quickly and accurately detect cavities. The uses fluoresce, alerting your dentist to a cavity that’s just beginning to form. This early detection allows minimal therapy to be used to remedy the tooth, sometimes with drill-free fillings or even a sealant.

Why Use DIAGNOdent?

Regular checkups are important to maintain good oral health. Your checkup will include a thorough dental exam, dental cleaning and x-rays. Your checkup combined with DIAGNOdent, can help you enjoy a beautiful, healthy smile much longer. So why choose early cavity detection by laser?

  • Did you know that as much as 50% of tooth decay is missed by conventional techniques, due to its extremely small size? DIAGNOdent offers superior technology to catch even the tiniest cavity.
  • Early detection of cavities means less invasive, and more affordable treatments to restore your tooth.
  • It minimizes the need for additional x-rays in some areas.
  • This pen-like device appears non-threatening for younger patients and is pain free.

With its many advantages, DIAGNOdent is gaining popularity as the preferred method for cavity detection. Next time you visit your dentist, ask about the advantages of DIAGNOdent! Call today to schedule an appointment.

Posted on behalf of:
Park South Dentistry
30 Central Park S #13C
New York, NY 10019
(212) 355-2000


How Illumination Techniques Can Pinpoint Decay Early

Posted in Fillings

Have you ever found a cavity on your own? How did you know? Was it the dark, stained spot? Perhaps it was sensitivity to temperature and sweets. At regular dental checkups, decay is often detected using the traditional methods of x-rays and clinical exploration with dental tools. There are newer technologies, however, which are enabling dentists to diagnose decay and treat it even sooner. This means that more preventative action can be taken and that restorative treatment will be less invasive.

Illumination techniques rely upon the natural tooth structure reflects and absorbs light. Tooth structure is altered by the presence of decay, so illumination can help reveal areas where a tooth may already be weakening from the effects of cavity-causing bacteria.

DIFOTI (Digital Imaging Fiber-Optic Trans-Illumination – a technique similar to that of x-ray technology, a bright light is used to illuminate the teeth and a computer translates areas of weakened tooth structure (indicative of early decay) as darkened spots. This technique does not require the use of radiation, as x-rays do.

Diagnodent – This device utilizes a non-destructive laser beam to determine whether any areas of the tooth have been damaged by bacteria. Healthy tooth structure will not reflect the laser back as fluorescent light, but diseased tooth will reflect more. The device will note these readings, and the readings can be used to monitor a tooth for changes and to determine when treatment is needed.

When coupled with traditional decay-detection techniques such as the clinical examination and x-rays, illumination techniques work wonders in finding decay so that treatment can be promptly provided. At your next appointment, ask your dentist about the state-of-the-art tools used to evaluate your decay risk and how they can help you lower your risk of tooth decay and cavities.

Posted on behalf of:
Mitzi Morris, DMD, PC
1295 Hembree Rd B202
Roswell, GA 30076
(770) 475-6767

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