Technology - Diagnodent

NEW - Diagnodent

Diagnodent is the diagnosis of dental decay using laser technology. Over 90% accurate, this device allows us to detect decay at an early stage, eliminating the need for large fillings.

Diagnodent is a new laser which finds hard-to-spot areas of tooth decay.

"It puts out a laser beam down into the tooth, and that light reflects back towards the laser. If there's decay, there's a change in the wavelength. You get a reading from zero to 100 and are able to tell not only where the decay is, but how deep it is, how much decay there is."

Regular dental exams and X-rays can miss as much as three-quarters of decay. One Swiss study showed that dental exams using a pick detected 57 percent of problems, while Diagnodent caught 90 percent of decay.

"Certainly we'll see decay if it's large, but it's too late. At that point, you're looking at a very difficult restoration, a large filling or in some cases even root canal."

By catching the decay early, dentists have a number of tools that can get rid of it, without Novocain or drilling. Other dentists say that more research is needed before Diagnodent is used in most dental offices, but they do agree that the technique is an exciting adjunct to X-rays and examination.

Laser Cavity Detector

The device is a compact diode laser used to identify areas of tooth decay that traditional means, including X-rays, miss.

Diagnodent shines a laser beam down into the tooth, to a depth of 2.5 mm.

The device is aimed into the grooves of teeth, providing a decay reading to the dentist.