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DIAGNOdent

Cavities can hide in your teeth.

It is our goal to help you maintain and improve your oral health. To achieve this goal, we use digital x-rays as well as a clinical exam to check for cavities.  Sometimes cavities can not be seen using these conventional methods until they become larger.   Cavities be detected early on using a laser instrument such as the DIAGNOdent which scans your teeth for hidden decay.

We can’t cure what we can’t see!

Locating hidden decay before it destroys tooth structure from the inside out is a major goal of modern dentistry. The use of fluoride supplements in dental materials, toothpastes and in some cases, in drinking water, have made tooth surfaces harder and more resistant to decay.

However, diagnosing cavities beneath the hard surfaces is more challenging because the disease process can start through microscopic defects in the hard surface enamel and can readily spread into the softer tooth structure beneath the surface. X-rays and probing with an explorer may be limited in detecting sub surface decay, particularly when the cavity is in its early stages. DIAGNOdent allows the dentist to locate hidden decay at an early stage before it destroys the tooth from within.

Patient friendly, especially for children.

This unique instrument provides instant feedback on the health of the tooth. A pen-like probe simply glides over the tooth surfaces constantly checking the health of the tooth. A number scale and an alarm signals the operator and patient when there are signs of hidden decay. This technology is safe and pain free for patients.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

We encourage regular dental check-ups, cleanings and home care. Early detection of problems minimize the expenses related to major tooth repair. Technologies such as the DIAGNOdent help us provide minimally invasive dentistry.

Conventional Exams

With conventional instruments, it is generally not possible to probe drop-shaped fissures.

DIAGNOdent Exam

DIAGNOdent has the great advantage of detecting caries in the very early stage by measuring the laser flourescence within the tooth structure.

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