What Is DIAGNOdent?
DIAGNOdnt is an advanced dental laser that is used to detect cavities in their early stages of development. We use this laser as a part of your regular dental exams, in conjunction with a visual examination of your teeth as well as dental x-rays. Visual inspections of your teeth enable us to spot cavities on the visible surfaces of your teeth while dental x-rays allow us to find cavities between the teeth. DIAGNOdent enables us to detect cavities inside of the teeth, where visual exams and x-rays cannot find them.
How DIAGNOdent Works
Using DIAGNOdent is quick and completely painless. After your teeth are cleaned, we then scan your teeth. The laser uses a harmless beam of fluorescent light. The light reflects back off of the teeth and onto a laser diode. When the teeth are healthy, they reflect back little to no fluorescence. Decay, on the other hand, reflects back higher amounts of fluorescence. The fluorescence is translated into a number on the LED base unit of the laser. The higher the number, the greater the amount of decay. In addition to displaying a number, the DIAGNOdent laser also emits a noise when it passes over an area of decay.
DIAGNOdent provides several benefits, including:
DIAGNOdent enables us to detect hidden cavities in their earliest stages. We are then able to provide you with effective treatment to restore the health of your mouth. For more information, call Shenandoah Family Dentistry today at (540) 667-8731.