DIAGNOdent® Laser Caries Detection Device
Priority #1 at Central Park West Dental is to help you maintain and improve both your oral health and your general health, as the two are very closely related. To achieve this goal, the dental care that you and your family receive in our office always includes state-of-the-art equipment. Among the newest technologies is a small laser instrument called the DIAGNOdent, which scans your teeth with harmless laser light searching for hidden decay.
Locating hidden decay before it destroys tooth structure (from the inside out) is a major goal for modern dentistry. The widespread use of fluoride supplements in dental materials, toothpastes, and drinking water has 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 are limited in detecting sub-surface decay, particularly when a cavity is in its early stages. Fortunately, the DIAGNOdent is a major breakthrough that allows the dentist to monitor the areas within and below the hard surfaces. The DIAGNOdent allows the dentist and hygienist to locate hidden decay, and, with treatment, stop the spread of this infectious disease before it destroys the tooth from within.
This unique instrument provides instant feedback on the health of the tooth.
A pen-like probe simply glides over tooth surfaces, constantly checking the health of the tooth. A visible number scale and an audible alarm signals the operator when there are signs of hidden decay. This new technology is completely safe and pain-free.
We encourage regular dental checkups, cleanings, and home care. Early detection of problems minimizes the expenses related to major tooth repair. New technologies take us a giant step forward to help you achieve the goal of minimally invasive dentistry.