Traditional methods of cavity detection such as visual screenings and X-rays often miss cavities under the surface of the tooth.
The DIAGNOdent™ system by KaVo uses laser fluorescence to detect cavities inside of the tooth at their earliest stages.
Does the DIAGNOdent really work?
DIAGNOdent is Quick, Reliable, and Safe
DIAGNOdent technology is more precise than traditional methods of cavity detection. According to a study by the Unit of Prosthodontics, University of Manchester, the DIAGNOdent was more accurate at detecting cavities than visual or radiographic methods.
Simple, Reliable Exam
Because it uses harmless laser technology, your exam is painless and quick. By delivering accurate readings, the DIAGNOdent allows your dentist to detect cavities that are not visible to the naked eye.
Opportunity for Early Intervention
The DIAGNOdent system allows your dentist to identify cavities in their earliest stages, when they are the most treatable without expensive or invasive intervention.
What is DIAGNOdent?
The DIAGNOdent device consists of a wand and a monitor. The wand delivers harmless laser energy to the tooth, which the monitor translates into readings. The higher the reading, the greater the level of present tooth decay.
The readings are generally interpreted as:
- 10 to 15: No cavity detected
- 15 to 30: Preventive care recommended
- 30 and up: Treatment recommended
Cavity Detection Is a Quick Part of Your Dental Check-Up
DIAGNOdent Helps Detect Underlying Cavities
According to an article by Dentistry IQ, only 80 percent of cavities are visible on the biting surface of the tooth, meaning the remaining percentage are often left undetected and untreated.
When left untreated, dental decay continues to spread. The longer a pocket of decay or cavity is allowed to exist, the greater the chance of serious oral health concerns. When decay reaches the underlying structures of the tooth, you may need a root canal or worse, an extraction. By choosing a dentist who utilizes the advanced DIAGNOdent technology, you can increase the chances of early detection and stop decay from causing serious issues.
Early Cavity Treatment Is Cost-Effective and Has Great Benefits
Your Final Costs Will Depend on the Condition of Your Smile
The final cost of your office visit will largely depend on the condition of your smile. Because DIAGNOdent allows your dentist to detect decay before you need expensive or extensive treatment, you can generally expect to save money in the long run if you choose to undergo an exam with DIAGNOdent.
If your dentist offers DIAGNOdent, he or she will inform you whether it is included in your exam costs.
Catch Cavities Early
The DIAGNOdent tool can save you time and money in the long run, as well as help you preserve a healthy smile for a lifetime. To find out if your dentist offers this technology, schedule an appointment today.