At Concord Woods Dental Group, we take tooth decay very seriously. Until the implementation of laser dentistry, tooth decay had to be diagnosed through visual inspection, instrumentation, and diagnostic x-rays. By the time this happened, the cavity had usually broken through the first layer of tooth enamel and if not treated quickly it could become more advanced, even leading to complications such as a root canal later on. Early diagnoses have always been key to keeping restorations as minimally invasive as possible.
DIAGNOdent is a dental laser that can detect even the smallest amounts of tooth decay with 90% accuracy. It is most effective for smooth surface lesions and suspicious areas in the pits and fissures (grooves) on the chewing surfaces of the teeth. When calibrated against your healthy enamel, the laser uses sound and light readings to test the density of your enamel in other areas of your mouth. If an abnormality is found (tooth decay) the DIAGNOdent alerts the user with a visual or auditory signal. It’s especially useful for pinpointing cavities before they can be felt with an instrument or seen on a radiograph. What that means is when it is removed, only a very small portion of your tooth needs to be treated. DIAGNOdent helps Concord Woods Dental Group preserve as much healthy enamel as possible.
If diagnosed early enough, our Middlesex dental care providers can provide you with effective oral hygiene instruction and recommendations to help you prevent the demineralization from becoming a full-fledged cavity. Non-invasive treatments like fluoride or sealants can halt the cavity in its tracks and keep your tooth completely whole.
The earlier your cavity is found, the less tooth structure needs to be altered and the more affordable it is to correct! If you’re beginning to experience symptoms of tooth decay like sensitivity to temperature, pressure, air, or even certain types of foods – it’s time to schedule your visit at Concord Woods Dental Group today.