Although it is preventable, tooth decay is the most prevalent oral health issue for Americans. In the past, your dentist would rely on their eyesight and X-rays to detect areas of weakened enamel. Unfortunately, this left a lot of room for error because some cavities may not be visible to the naked eye. Now, there’s a more effective way to spot tooth decay. A cavity detection system is a revolutionary technology that can identify even the smallest of cavities to benefit from the power of early detection.
DIAGNOdent Cavity Detection System
DIAGNOdent is a quick and reliable way to pinpoint decay. A laser fluorescence detector adds unmatched precision to find fissure caries, proximal caries, and periodontitis. Traditionally, sub-surface caries are very difficult to find using traditional exploration methods; however, the laser pen can find tooth decay in the most difficult locations, like pits and fissures. On average, children and adolescents are the most prone to fissure caries. Research shows nearly 80% of cavities in these areas can be found with DIAGNOdent to provide early intervention to prevent them from worsening.
The system is also effective for highlighting areas of decay around previous dental work, like fillings and crowns. As a result, it allows your dentist to replace the restoration before it fails and turns into a dental emergency.
How Does It Work?
The state-of-the-art technology uses a laser fluorescence method to detect cavities within the tooth’s structure. The laser light is dispersed across the area, causing decayed structures to show fluorescence and an elevated scale reading. The healthy tooth structure will show little to no fluorescence and a very low scale reading. Although anyone can benefit from this amazing technology, patients who have certain situations have the most to gain, such as:
- Dry mouth
- Eating disorders
- Cancer phobia
- Small mouths
- Acid reflux
- Certain medications
The system doesn’t use any radiation, providing the perfect alternative for patients who are concerned about exposure using a traditional X-ray. The laser technology is a non-invasive method to identify weakened enamel without the risk of radiation.
Benefits of Cavity Detection System
The precision of the cavity detection system offers an array of advantages, including:
- Improved accuracy.
- Detects cavities during the earliest stage.
- Allows for immediate treatment of decay.
- Protects and preserves healthy tooth structure.
- Painless and non-invasive.
Enjoy Elite Technology for a Healthy Smile
When it comes to your oral health, you deserve to benefit from the best. Choose a dentist who embraces the latest innovations in dentistry to ensure your teeth last for a lifetime.
About Dr. John Hackbarth
Dr. Hackbarth has over 40 years of experience in dentistry. He earned his dental degree at the University of Texas Branch in Houston and continued his training to focus on many advanced services, like orthodontics, dental implants, TMJ disorders, and cosmetic dentistry. He utilizes state-of-the-art technology to deliver superior care. If you’re ready to harness the power of early detection using an advanced system, contact our office today to schedule an appointment.