We know that when it comes to going to the dentist, many of you "hate" the dental explorer, or pick. Let's face it, it is not comfortable to have a sharp instrument stuck into a cavity...just to detect a cavity. But what many patients do not know is that because of fluoride, teeth are stronger today and decay is harder to detect.
In many cases decay is under diagnosed because the cavity hole is just too small in diameter for the explorer to detect it. And so many dentist say, "We'll watch it!"...and in the meantime the cavity gets deeper and eventually more expensive to fix. I have seen more teenagers under diagnosed in the past few years because dentists using older technology to accurately find decay.
The diagnodent laser is a completely painless technique that uses a laser pointer placed onto the tooth surface. It acts like a sonar detector. The more decay in the tooth, the higher the reading on the Diagnodent. In fact, you will hear it audibly increase as the decay is more extensive.
The beauty is this. With the use of the Diagnodent laser, I am able to accurately find cavities when they are smaller and less expensive to treat. That's right...this advanced technology saves you time, money and pain. Because the truth is, dentists cannot "watch" a tooth heal on its own. All waiting does is increase the pain and costs of your dental care. If your dentist is not using a Diagnodent laser, simply give us a call. We would love to have you in our practice.
What type of dentist do you want for you and your family, one who watches problems grow or one who prefers to treat them when they are small and less expensive to restore? Conservative dentistry is the right choice.
Top illustration is less accurate dental explorer.
Bottom illustration is Diagnodent laser with over 90% accuracy