Laser Cavity Detection
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DIAGNODENT Means Early Cavity Detection Morris Park Dental is now equipped with the latest dental diagnostic technology. With DIAGNODENT, a harmless and highly efficient laser scanner, we can identify hidden cavities before they become a major problem, with unprecedented accuracy. Capable of detecting even the smallest lesions of decay at the earliest stage, DIAGNODENT allows us to protect and preserve your smile like never before.
How Does Laser Cavity Detection Work?
The DIAGNODENT system is the most important innovation in diagnosing tooth decay since the discovery of the x-ray. Due to the pervasive consumption of fluoride in drinking water and in toothpastes, is has actually become harder than ever to detect cavities. Fluoride acts to harden the surface of the teeth, but this means that decay may only appear as a pin-point in the surface enamel, but this microscopic defect can spread rapidly to the soft material underneath. This means that your tooth is actually being destroyed from the inside out.
The DIAGNODENT system uses a pen-like probe to shoot a safe, painless laser bean into the tooth in order to assess its integrity. The dental laser system gives a number readout that reflects the health of the tooth, and an alarm sounds when there is evidence of a hidden cavity. This lets us locate hidden tooth decay in apparently healthy teeth, allowing us to treat it as a small problem before the entire tooth is compromised. DIAGNODENT enables us to prevent more costly and invasive dental procedures.
Model A: Traditional Tooth Decay Before the widespread use of fluoride, decay would start in the enamel with significant and detectable demineralization and cavitation. This kind of tooth decay is easily diagnosed visually, through the probing with sharp instruments or with radiographs.
Model B: New Tooth Decay Due to the protection that fluoride provides to the topmost layer of enamel, the tooth surface does not cavitate. Dental carier, which is the disease that leads to tooth decay, begins on the inside of the tooth, in the dentin, through microscopic fissures and pores in the enamel. This kind of tooth decay, which is increasingly common, is difficult to diagnose with traditional methods.
By staying up on the latest research, the expert dentists of Morris Park Dental ensure that their patients get the best in diagnostic care possible. New technologies like DIAGNODENT allow us to catch cavities earlier than ever before, and to maintain a healthy, cavity-free smile it is essential to detect and treat problems as early as possible.
How Does DIAGNODENT Detect Hidden Cavities?
DIAGNODENT works because healthy and decayed dental tissue reflect laser light at different rates. When a beam of laser light is directed into a tooth, the hand piece’s two-way optics enable the system to measuring the amount of light energy that is reflected at the site. At the wavelength that DIAGNODENT operates, healthy teeth emit little or no fluorescence, but dental tissue that has been compromised by decay can exhibit a great deal more fluorescence, which is proportional to the degree of caries. The more elevated the reading, the more decay is lurking under otherwise healthy-looking teeth.
DIAGNODENT will never replace the traditional oral examination. We use this technology as an indispensable adjunct to your regular exam: when teeth look suspicious we take a closer look with DIAGNODENT.