Diagnodent is a laser system used to detect tooth decay in its earliest stages. Studies show that as much as 50% of decay may go undetected by traditional dental probing and other diagnostic methods. The Diagnodent aids in diagnosing hidden decay more accurately and confidently.
Most decay occurs in the complex anatomy of the tooth surfaces, making diagnosis with traditional methods difficult, because the outer tooth surface often appears to be intact. The Diagnodent uses laser light of a defined wavelength to help detect and quantify demineralized tooth substances without x-ray exposure – the higher the amount of fluorescence detected by the machine, the greater the degree of decay within the tooth. Because the decay is detected earlier, the number of dental procedures – and hence, the cost – can often be reduced. It’s a great way to keep little problems from becoming big problems.