Diagnodent is a revolutionary laser that allows us to diagnose and subsequently treat dental decay in its earliest stage. Even very small lesions are detected at the beginning stage, enabling us to protect and preserve the tooth substance.
It is the best of both worlds; stopping the spread of tooth decay at a very early stage, which translates into smaller and shallower fillings, preserving more of the natural tooth.
The DIAGNOdent is a precision laser that directs a concentrated fluorescent beam of light into the groove of a tooth. A healthy tooth will absorb this fluorescent light while a diseased tooth or cavities will reflect the light. The tip of the laser is specially equipped to measure the amount of reflected light from the tooth.
A computer relays the information as an audible pitch and as a number reading. The higher the number or pitch will indicate more decay present in the groove. In most cases, the decay is at the earliest stages and very little tooth structure is lost. This minimally invasive therapy allows adhesive bonded restorations that are not only esthetically beautiful, but healthier for the tooth.