DIAGNODent Laser Cavity and Caries Detection

The DIAGNODent laser is the most advanced method of detecting hidden caries and cavities. With the DIAGNODent, our team can take a look inside your teeth to treat decay and hidden caries before they cause irreparable harm.

How to Detect Caries

Take a look inside. With the help of the DIAGNODent laser, our team can look at the inner health of a tooth without ever scraping, breaking, or penetrating the surface. Here’s how it works:

  1. Bacteria “fluoresce” (glow) when they are exposed to a specific kind of light.
  2. The DIAGNODent laser uses that specific wavelength of light, and shines it on specific teeth.
  3. Corresponding teeth glow under the DIAGNODent’s light when resevoirs of bacteria, or hidden caries, are present.
  4. Your dental professional logs the results, identifying specific problem teeth according to the levels of bacteria/hidden caries that are present.
  5. Teeth that contain high levels of bacteria and/or highly developed dental caries are selected for treatment.
  6. Teeth that contain lower levels of bacteria are noted and characterized as “teeth to watch” during subsequent cleanings and exams.
  7. By identifying problem teeth, patients leave our office knowing exactly which areas of their mouth need extra care between check-ups, and how to care for them.

How to Treat Caries

You might ask, how does a dentist treat dental caries? First, it is vital that patients schedule a regular dental cleaning and exam every 4 to 6 months so technology like the DIAGNODent laser can be used to detect dental caries early. Once detected, our experienced team of hygienists and dental professionals helps patients treat dental caries in the following ways:

  • Detection: Following your exam, you will know which teeth need extra care.
  • Oral hygiene: Assure A Smile hygienists will show you how to brush, floss, and care for your problem areas to minimize decay and reduce the progression of the dental carries.
  • Re-mineralization: Your holistic dental exam includes nutritional consultation to better understand how vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients can help re-mineralize and strengthen tooth enamel naturally.
  • Restoration: In some cases, dental caries might be so pronounced that a portion of the tooth’s soft tissue will need to be removed to prevent the spread of bacteria and decay. Following removal, the tooth will be restored with a safe bio-compatible and non-toxic white composite.

Schedule a Cleaning and Consultation Today

Schedule a dental cleaning and holistic exam at Assure A Smile to learn more about early cavity and hidden caries detection with the DIAGNODent laser. Schedule a dental appointment online, or call our friendly front desk at 305-274-0047.

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