Diagnodent is a dental technology that helps dentists and hygienists identify small cavities early on, otherwise known as tooth decay that otherwise would be missed. Typically dental examinations for tooth decay are done visually with tools known as explorers. You know the one, the scary thing that looks like a sharp pick. There’s nothing scary at all about them in reality, other than the fact that used alone, they can lead to failed early detection of cavities. Only a Diagnodent can help to diagnose the first signs of decay that are inside the tooth so that your dentist can fill the cavity early on while it still only requires a minimally invasive treatment. Dental Explorers and visual examination find cavities on the surface of the tooth, and X-rays can find cavities that are between the teeth, but the laser cavity finder known as Diagnodent helps to find cavities located inside the tooth. Finding and treating tooth decay early on is key to reducing the damage to your tooth.
Diagnodent works by scanning the surface of the tooth with a laser. This laser emits UV light when it encounters tooth decay. This UV light is reflected back to the tool, and translated to a digital reading which indicates the extent of the tooth decay. In general the higher the reading the Diagnodent indicates, the more tooth decay there is. Ask your dentist about Diagnodent at your next appointment. Being scanned with a laser cavity finder is the first and best measure for the early detection of cavities which can be treated before your tooth is at risk for more costly treatments.