The DIAGNOdent® is a painless high-tech tool that allows us to find cavities on the chewing surfaces of back teeth, even when they are just beginning and might have been missed by previous detection methods. The DIAGNOdent® is a small, portable laser unit that detects the cavity and alerts us with an audible signal and a numerical readout, so that we have an idea of the cavity’s size. The value in this technological advancement is that we can stop cavities in their infancy — whereas in the past they would have had to be significantly bigger before we could find and treat them. Just like other areas of medicine and dentistry, early detection and treatment is of immeasurable value in preserving your health.
The Diagnodent and CariVu are diagnostic tools to help quantify and visualize dental decay to help decide when we need to intervene and when watchful waiting, fluoride, MI Paste and enhanced oral hygiene are the better option. They also help reduce the need for x-rays in assessing the situation.