A revolutionary way to find even the smallest beginnings of cavities!
What if the decay is hidden within the enamel so that it isn’t visible on a radiograph? We don’t want to wait until the decay is big enough to hurt or cause a huge cavity so we use the DIAGNOdent. This device uses laser wavelengths to shine light into the tooth and measure the reflection. Healthy enamel surfaces will have low readings and no audible beeping. But decay hidden in the tooth creates higher readings and an audible sound that increases according to the severity of the decay.
This tool has surprised us many times by finding extensive decay in otherwise normal-looking teeth which, when explored is actually much bigger than what was not indicated on the radiographs or visible on the surface of the tooth! By using this tool we are able to target and treat decay in predictable ways before they turn into more complicated problems.