Even if you don’t see any cavities in your teeth when you look into the bathroom mirror, it doesn’t mean that the cavities aren’t there. Visual inspections are not very accurate, and often the initial signs of cavities are virtually invisible to the naked eye. Cavities can hide inside biting surfaces of the tooth, or inside fissure lines.
Fortunately, our office uses a very advanced cavity detector called the DIAGNOdent. It emits a laser onto the surfaces of the teeth, and it’s so sensitive that it can identify even the smallest bit of tooth decay during a dental examination.
This equipment then transfers information into a digital readout to assess the extent of the tooth decay. The dentist obtains measureable data, which makes the information more precise and reliable.
Because the presence of cavities is detected at the onset, treatment can be applied before tooth decay becomes a major problem. Moreover, majority of the tooth structure is preserved.
Finally, as this tool uses only laser, there is none of the risk associated with X-rays. X-rays may be safe to use, but DIAGNOdent is inherently much safer. In fact, its use also means that there is no need for the excavation of suspected teeth, and this means that your teeth are also – again – protected from unnecessary damage.