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 DIAGNOdent technology uses a simple laser diode to inspect your teeth, comparing reflection wavelength against a known healthy baseline wavelength to uncover decay. How? First, we aim the laser onto one of your healthy enamel tooth surfaces to give us a benchmark reading. Then, we continue on around your mouth, shining the laser into all suspect areas. As the laser pulsed into grooves, fissures and cracks, it reflects fluorescent light of a specific wavelength. This light is measured by receptors, converted to an acoustic signal, evaluated electronically to reveal a value between one and a hundred, then displayed on a screen. Anytime the laser encounters a surface that reads differently than the healthy baseline value, it stimulated emission of fluorescent light of a different wavelength, A reading of 10-20 indicates some enamel softening, pointing to a potential problem area that merits close monitoring. A reading of 21-100 indicates a definite area of decay requiring a filling.

EARLY DETECTION, PRECISE CORRECTION

Using DIAGNOdent technology allows us to catch more areas of decay sooner and with more precision. Further, it requires no x-rays and is a relative comfortable procedure. Not only can it help prevent the spread of decay, but catching decay early means filling required are simpler and shallower, preserving more of the tooth. This allows us to use minimally invasive filling procedures, such as drill-free abrasion. Finally, we are able to objectively monitor any suspicious areas without repeated x-rays, harm to tissues, or need for protective measures