Laser Cavity Detection
Among the newest technologies we have introduced in our office is a small laser instrument called the Diagnodent, which scans the teeth with harmless laser light searching for hidden cavities. Diagnodent helps us detect cavities at the earliest possible stage. Locating hidden decay before it destroys tooth structure is one of the biggest problems in dentistry. Prior to widespread use of fluoride, decay of teeth was easily detected since it destroyed a big chunk of tooth. Fluoride has made tooth surfaces harder. However disease process can start through microscopic defects in hard surface enamel and readily spread into softer tooth structure beneath. This makes conventional means of detecting cavities with x-rays and probing with hand instruments simply unreliable.
Diagnodent pen like probe simply glides over tooth surfaces, constantly checking for health of the tooth. A number scale and alarm signals for dental decay. This technology is completely safe and pain-free.