DIAGNOdent for Early Detection of Cavities
No matter how well we look after our teeth with a good dental cleaning regime and regular visits to the family dentist, there is a likelihood that we will all experience dental cavities at some point in our lives.
During dental checkups, it is common for a dentist to probe around the surfaces of the teeth, looking for the early signs of potential cavities forming. These are usually characterized by a softening of areas of the enamel that can be detected by the probe.
However, microscopic flaws in the structure of our teeth can be difficult to detect during routine examinations by the family dentist, perhaps due to their location on the tooth. As a consequence, the decay process can begin in these areas and spread into the softer structures of the tooth.
Modern dentistry techniques look to find hidden areas of decay long before the decay has a chance to damage the interior of the tooth. One of the latest technologies to emerge is DIAGNOdent, which allows a dentist to scan patient’s teeth using lasers to search out hidden pockets of decay.
An advantage of DIAGNOdent over conventional dental x-rays is that the latter can only detect sub-surface tooth decay when it has become advanced, and early stages of decay can often be overlooked.
Using a laser probe, a dentist can scan a patient’s teeth and receive instant feedback on the health of each tooth. The probe provides the dentist with a sliding scale of severity of the condition each tooth, and alerts the dentist to the presence of hidden decay. This revolutionary technology allows the dentist to treat cavities far sooner than would be possible through traditional means.
In addition, the DIAGNOdent system allows a dentist to scan and examine those areas that are harder to reach with probes, allowing for a much more accurate illustration of the patient’s oral health.
Together with regular dental checkups, DIAGNOdent can help a family dentist better care for a patient’s dental health by detecting problems earlier than was possible before, and allowing for swifter remedial action.