Dental caries (tooth decay) is the most prevalent dental disease today. Fortunately, over the years, advances in dental technology have made detection much easier. Imagine an instrument that can detect a cavity before it shows up on the x-ray! At The Silberman Dental Group, we use DIAGNOdent to detect cavities and prevent future dental costs.
What Technology is Used to Detect Cavities?
The DIAGNOdent is a non-harmful laser instrument which measures changes in tooth enamel caused by tooth decay. It is a valuable diagnostic tool capable of detecting caries in their initial stages. We use it as a complementary method along with examination and radiography because using the DIAGNOdent alone is not enough.
The DIAGNOdent pen technology uses laser fluorescence to identify tooth decay. Healthy teeth have little to no fluorescent qualities; however, decaying tooth structure does. A visual display reading and audible signal allow your clinician to identify changes in your tooth structure. When the top of the laser is waived over the chewing surfaces of teeth, the DIAGNOdent will beep and give a digital readout which will let the dentist and dental hygienist know if there is decay present.
While x-rays and visual examination are more traditional ways of detecting caries, it is up to the dentist to decide if a tooth has a cavity. The DIAGNOdent removes the guesswork.
Why Choose a Dentist that Uses Laser Technology to Detect Cavities?
Our practice has been using this technology for many years, and we find it an incredibly accurate method for diagnosing and detecting dental caries.
What are some benefits of DIAGNOdent laser technology?
- Cavities can be found without damaging healthy tooth tissue with a mechanical inspection.
- Detecting cavities early could mean the difference between a simple filling today or a root canal in the future!
- Areas that appear to be decayed may, in fact, not be. The DIAGNOdent helps us to decide if treatment is unnecessary.
What to Expect at your Hygiene Appointment
In addition to the usual services rendered by a hygienist (teeth cleaning and polishing, removal of plaque and calcium buildup, application of sealants and fluoride when appropriate) our hygienists will always measure gum pockets to detect any signs of periodontal disease. They will also screen for cavities and oral cancer, aiding Dr. Silberman and Dr. Triplett in making a thorough diagnosis.
We have an outstanding team of three dental hygienists who take every effort possible to improve the dental care we give to our patients. By using the latest technology in dentistry, The Silberman Dental Group can detect cavities in very early stages to save you time and money on expensive dental procedures in the future. Join our family today by scheduling your hygiene appointment!