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Laser Detection of Invisible Decay
The widespread use of fluoride has made some cavities more difficult to diagnose, as decay can penetrate the pits and grooves of the teeth while at the same time fluoride is hardening the overlying enamel surface. The DIAGNOdent allows the dentist to look deep inside the grooves of the tooth.
The traditional way to check for cavities is by looking for visual signs of decay on the tooth, checking the x-rays, and feeling for a soft area with a dental instrument. DIAGNOdent is a laser technology that scans your teeth with harmless pulses of light. When a cavity is present, fluorescent light of a different wavelength bounces back to the sensor, which is translated to a numerical digital read-out. Generally, the higher the number, the greater the amount of decay in the tooth.
When a cavity is present, the DIAGNOdent also produces an audible signal.
You will benefit from our use of the DIAGNOdent, because it helps us find decay that may have previously gone undetected. By diagnosing decay early, we can prevent more extensive damage. Your restorations will be small and less costly, and you will be able to retain more of you own, natural, healthy tooth. Visit Dr. Michele Chalmers, D.D.S., Pleasanton female dentist to talk about your treatment options.