Dental technology is forever advancing, bringing dental professionals new and innovative ways to provide first-rate care, whether it is in the field of cosmetic dentistry or general dentistry. DIAGNOdent is one such advance, and it has changed the way cavities are detected and treated. To learn more about this fascinating technology, keep reading.
In the past, it could be extremely difficult to diagnose tooth decay in the pits and grooves on the biting surfaces of certain teeth, especially the back teeth. The traditional methods for detecting cavities involved looking for visual signs of decay on teeth, checking X-rays, or feeling for a soft area on the tooth with a dental explorer. Luckily, DIAGNOdent has changed all that.
DIAGNOdent utilizes an extremely precise laser scanning system to detect even the smallest areas of tooth decay, allowing dental professionals to detect and treat cavities before they become larger and more problematic. DIAGNOdent provides instant feedback on the health of the tooth by measuring the amount of laser fluorescence within the tooth. A pen-like probe glides over tooth surfaces and scans each tooth.
As each tooth is scanned, the amount of reflected laser light is recorded to produce a digital readout. A number scale and an alarm signals the operator when there are signs of hidden tooth decay. This new dental technology is completely safe and painless.
Due to a widespread use of fluoride, which hardens the outer enamel of teeth and makes cavities smaller and harder to find, diagnosing and treating cavities had become more difficult. Now DIAGNOdent provides a quick and effective way to detect even the smallest cavities, which will save you a lot of frustration and money.
Come for a regular checkup or a more substantial visit at Redondo Beach Dental Group. We utilize DIAGNOdent and also provide a wide array of dental procedures. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit our website or give us a call today at (310) 542-6988.