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.
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.
The DIAGNOdent system allows your dentist to identify cavities in their earliest stages, when they are the most treatable without expensive or invasive intervention.
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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:
What can you expect during your DIAGNOdent exam?
See the exam in action...
Is the DIAGNOdent tool really necessary?
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 detection and treatment can improve the look and health of your smile...
Will this advanced tool make your visit more expensive?
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.
Experience the benefits for yourself...
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.
Dr Perry is a great dentist. Very kind and informative. I feel like he is personally invested in my health. He always takes the time to sit and discuss any issues I'm having - I never feel like they're rushing me out.