Diagnodent is a laser technology that scan your teeth with harmless pulse of light. When a cavity is present, florescent light of a different wavelength bounces back to the sensor, which is translated to a digital read-out. In other words, first the Diagnodent emits a laser beam to the tooth. If there is dental decay, then the fluorescence would be an altered wavelength, with in turn would be sensed and interpreted by the Diagnodent to give out a numerical reading. In general, the higher the number, the greater amount of decay in the tooth. When a cavity is present, the Diagnodent also produces an audible signal.
With the Diagnodent, we can now detect cavities smaller than the tip of a dental explorer. This is especially important because with the increased use of fluoride and the presence of fluoride in drinking water, the tooth enamel is less prone to cavities. However, cavities still could form at the base of the fissures on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. Due to the fluoride and remineralization of the enamel adjacent to the fissures, these cavities are very hard to detect with a dental explorer. These are tear-drop shaped cavities. The DiagnoDent will help us locate these cavities and with laser treatment or air abrasion, we can now fix these with very small fillings. In addition, it also allows monitoring of caries progression.
The accuracy of diagnosing "hidden" occlusal caries is recognized
to be a challenge. Our visual and radiographic evaluation can be significantly
enhanced with the use of KaVo's Diagnodent carries detection system has:
Received rave reviews from leading testing facilities (i.e. RCA, REALITY,
Dental Advisor) and many practicing dentists all over the world.
High level of patient acceptance and satisfaction.
By diagnosing decay early in its development, we can prevent more extensive
damage. Your restoration will be smaller and less costly, and you will
be able to retain more of your own natural healthy tooth.
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