Laser Diagnostics


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 (tooth decay). A suspicious-looking tooth presents a treatment dilemma for dentists. 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?

While helping to improve the oral health of many New Zealanders, fluoridation has resulted in harder tooth enamel. Caries lesions (holes that once began on the tooth’s surface) have now migrated below the surface.

These treatment decisions require a higher degree of certainty. The Diagnodent laser caries detection aid removes the doubt from treatment decisions regarding hidden Caries ore questionable stained grooves. The device’s ability to see into occlusal pits and fissures enables dentists to treat subsurface caries lesions with confidence.

All The Clinicians At The Dentists Use This Tool

It measures a number of things in your tooth. First is the amount of tooth destruction and second is the activity of the bacteria which causes the decay. It is extremely accurate, trials have shown it to be 99% accurate as opposed to the mirror and probe which is only 25% accurate.

We can diagnose any tooth decay in its early stages and treat it. This tool ensures that you can keep your teeth a lot longer if not for the rest of your life. This is especially important to use on children so we can prevent the need for the large fillings alot of the older generations have now.