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DIAGNOdent Laser Cavity Detection

Woman mouth open as dentist checks for cavitiesThe DIAGNOdent laser can detect even the smallest cavities at the earliest possible stage. It actually looks beneath the surface of your teeth to detect decay “from the inside”.

Early detection allows us to place small, microscopic fillings that are virtually invisible to the naked eye. When this detection system is used, treatment is very quick, painless and in most cases, a patient will not need anesthesia. DIAGNOdent is painless and invaluable in keeping your teeth healthy for a lifetime.

Detecting Invisible Cavities

If you cannot detect the disease, how can you treat it? Dentists often experience anxiety when attempting to diagnose the phenomenon known as hidden caries. A suspicious-looking tooth presents a treatment dilemma for dentists. Should the tooth be opened up? What if no caries are found? Should the tooth just be watched, or does that give caries more time to destroy the tooth's surface? A changing caries model: Due to the fluoridation of many public water sources, caries have gone "underground". While helping improve the oral health of many Americans, fluoridation has resulted in harder tooth enamel. Incipient caries that once began on the tooth's surface have now migrated below the surface.

Proven clinical results: Treatment decisions require a higher degree of certainty. The DIAGNOdent laser removes the doubt from treatment decisions regarding hidden caries or questionable stained grooves. The device's ability to see into pits and fissures enables our dentist to treat sub-surface caries with confidence.

Contact our Houston dentist today to learn more about laser cavity detection with DIAGNOdent.