About 92% of people will experience a cavity at some point in their lifetime. Dental fillings, the treatment for cavities, is the most common dental procedure performed. Many cavities are hard to spot in their early stages and can be overlooked during a dental examination. However, DIAGNOdent laser cavity screening makes finding cavities in their early stages easier. Find out more about DIAGNOdent with Dr. W. Timothy Brooks in Huntsville, AL.
How does DIAGNOdent work?
At their earliest stages, dental caries, which eventually turn into cavities, are virtually undetectable with the naked eye. These tiny spots of tooth decay tend to hide within the tooth, turning a clean bill of dental health at one appointment into a full-blown cavity at the next check-up. DIAGNOdent uses a laser set to a certain frequency to detect small caries in the teeth. A handheld pen directed at the tooth takes a reading and allows your dentist to discover tiny caries which the eye cannot necessarily see on its own.
How can DIAGNOdent benefit me?
DIAGNOdent is about 90% accurate in detecting the early stages of tooth decay. Dental caries detected in these early stages allow for the most conservative treatment possible, keeping more of your natural tooth’s structure intact than if the cavity were allowed to grow until your next dental examination. This can also save time, as a smaller filling means a shorter procedure. Finally, detecting tooth decay early prevents an inevitable toothache which occurs when the decay reaches the inner pulp chamber of the tooth.
DIAGNOdent in Huntsville, AL
A DIAGNOdent screening lasts only a few minutes and allows your dentist to scan your entire mouth for decay. This painless procedure begins with Dr. Brooks directing a laser inside of the handheld pen at each tooth. The device gives off a reading and makes a noise when it detects decay on the tooth and that reading goes into a certain high range. This allows Dr. Brooks to pinpoint the decay and remove it before it becomes a more complex and painful condition.
For more information on DIAGNOdent laser cavity screenings, please contact Dr. Brooks in Huntsville, AL. Call (256) 883-8008 to schedule your appointment for a dental examination and cleaning today!