Kava DIAGNOdent: Detecting the Invisible

How DIAGNOdent works:

With the increased use of fluorides and fluoridated waters, tooth enamel is becoming less prone to decay, and because of this most cavities start in the pit and fissures of a tooth. These grooves are sometimes so deep they actually extend into the dentin or soft part of the tooth. At the same time, the groove itself is so narrow that even a toothbrush bristle is too large to clean it, allowing bacteria to accumulate in the groove and a cavity to develop.

The DIAGNOdent is a precision laser that directs a concentrated fluorescent beam of light into the groove of a tooth. A healthy tooth will absorb this fluorescent light while a diseased tooth or cavities will reflect the light. The tip of the laser is specially equipped to measure the amount of reflected light from the tooth.

A computer relays the information as an audible pitch and as a number reading. The higher the number or pitch will indicate more decay present in the groove. In most cases, the decay is at the earliest stages and very little tooth structure is lost. This minimally invasive therapy allows adhesive bonded restorations that are not only aesthetically beautiful, but healthier for the tooth.

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