DIAGNOdent: Diagnosing Tooth Decay in a More Accurate Way

Tooth decay puts your teeth at risk of falling apart and, of course, that can be incredibly painful. Every day, dentists around the world perform restorative work and tooth extractions on teeth with too much decay to save.

DIAGNOdent is a high-tech tool dentists can use to diagnose tooth decay in its earlier processes – and all without needing to open up a tooth or scratching it. Dentists can diagnose, treat, and retain your natural teeth for a fraction of the time and cost. Here’s how it works.

How DIAGNOdent Works

DIAGNOdent is a small, noninvasive tool that can diagnose caries more efficiently and completely than exams or X-rays. DIAGNOdent is estimated to be over 90% accurate and can weed out caries that have become hidden as a result of fluoridation.

These ‘invisible’ lesions can be found much earlier on in formation by using DIAGNOdent. This opens up a world of benefits and treatment possibilities that can restore a natural tooth.

Benefits of DIAGNOdent

The most obvious benefit of DIAGNOdent is that it does not require any scratching or pain. What’s more, this method is more affordable, helps you avoid exposure to X-rays, and is utterly safe to use.

When your dentist is using DIAGNOdent, they can safely inspect areas of any tooth that look even a little suspicious, which leads to them feeling more confident in the treatment work they will perform.

Since this is the most accurate diagnostic tool of its kind out there, you and your dentist can rest assured that your teeth are receiving treatment based on empirically measurable results. All in all, this reduces the need for future dental work.

How the DIAGNOdent Process Goes

At your regular checkup here at Withers Dental, this laser pointer-like tool gets aimed at your teeth and uses a laser beam to scan a cleaned-off tooth. This calibrates DIAGNOdent by giving it data about the tooth’s structure. Thus, the tool has a baseline to work from.

The DIAGNOdent System measures how much laser fluorescence is in that particular tooth. A digital readout of laser fluorescence is created as each tooth gets scanned. If there are any significant caries within a tooth, more laser light is reflected back than if there is little or no decay present. How much laser light gets reflected back is linked with how much decay is in the tooth.

Get Tooth Decay Diagnosed Today

After all teeth in question have been scanned, your dentist will work with you on creating a treatment plan. Early detection means you have more treatment options available and a higher chance of saving the affected tooth.

Here at Withers Dental in Manhattan Beach, CA, we take pride in saving natural teeth as much as possible. We want you to feel comfortable and be pleased with your results. If you’re worried about possible tooth decay, please don’t hesitate to contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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