As society continues to place a higher and higher value on healthy and attractive teeth, the importance of preventative care and early detection of decay and other oral problems has become increasingly critical. We continue to adopt more and more technology that aids us in helping you create and maintain a great smile.
The DIAGNOdent machine we have in our office aids in the detection of dental caries. Dental caries is an acidic bacterium that eats away at the enamel of your teeth and leads to decay.
While helping to improve the oral health of many Americans, fluoridation has resulted in harder tooth enamel. Incipient caries lesions that once began on the tooth’s surface have no migrated below the enamel surface of the tooth.
A suspicious-looking tooth presents us a treatment dilemma. Should the tooth be opened up? What if no caries is found? Should the tooth just be watched, or does that give caries more time to destroy the tooth’s surface?
The DIAGNOdent technology, with 90% accuracy, helps us to asses the presence of carries at the earliest stages possible. Having such accurate information enables us to protect and preserve your tooth enamel without “exploratory” excavation of suspect teeth.
Next time your in the office ask us about the early detection of dental caries with our DIAGNOdent machine.