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Diagnodent is a laser caries (decay causing disease) detection aid. A suspicious looking tooth often presents a treatment dilemma. Since treatment decisions require a high degree of certainty, Diagnodent enables our office to see into chewing surface pits and fissures to treat sub-surface caries lesions with precision.
Due to fluoridation, caries have gone “underground.” While helping to improve the oral health of many Americans, fluoridation has resulted in harder tooth enamel. Caries lesions that once began on the tooth’s surface have now migrated below through the many tiny pits and crevices that we all have. Traditional diagnostic tools such as the explorer and bitewing X-rays can rarely detect sub-surface caries lesions.
Diagnodent is an extremely accurate and reliable aid for the detection of sub-surface caries. Even in otherwise questionable areas such as stained or discolored grooves, you can feel confident in our office’s diagnoses.