Diagnodent in Downtown Chicago
Tooth decay can be extremely painful and puts the teeth at risk. Many extractions and restorative treatments are performed every single day because tooth decay has become too severe for the tooth to be saved. Diagnodent® is a safe fluorescent laser that detects hidden tooth decay accurately, quickly, and in its earliest stages.
We are advocates for healthy, natural teeth. Restorations like crowns, implants and bridges are popular because they allow the natural tooth to remain in the mouth. Diagnodent® accurately exposes areas of tooth decay without scratching, probing, or drilling into the tooth. This provides a greater chance of identifying, treating, and retaining a natural tooth without the need for expensive and time-consuming restorations.
How can Diagnodent® help me?
Diagnodent® accurately exposes more caries than X-rays and examinations because it allows us to see more information. In fact, this revolutionary diagnostic tool is over 90% accurate. Sometimes, cavities hide under the surface due to fluoridation. This essentially means that cavities that once laid on the surface of the tooth can bed down, and remain invisible to the naked eye. Because Diagnodent® exposes cavities earlier, early intervention and potentially prevention are both possible.
Here are some of the other benefits associated with Diagnodent®:
Allows dentists to perform treatment with greater confidence.
Allows for the investigation of suspicious areas.
Scientifically measurable results.
Helps reduce future dental procedures.
More accurate than any other diagnostic tool.
No need for invasive investigations.
No pain or scratching.
What does the Diagnodent® process involve?
The Diagnodent® process is performed within the scope of a regular dental checkup. It is strikingly similar to having a laser pointer aimed at the teeth. Diagnodent® is a hi-tech tool, which first scans a clean tooth surface with a laser beam. This scanning procedure serves to calibrate the instrument by providing information about the tooth structure.
The Diagnodent® System is actually measuring the amount of laser fluorescence within the tooth. As each tooth is scanned, the amount of reflected laser light is recorded to produce a digital readout. If the tooth contains little or no decay, little or no laser light will be reflected back to the instrument. However, if a tooth contains a cavity of any significance, more laser light is reflected back. High readings (compared to the tooth originally scanned) indicate that a cavity is present within the structure of a particular tooth. The amount of laser light reflected back correlates with the amount of decay within the tooth.
Once we determine which teeth are suffering from decay, a plan can be formulated and treatment options can be discussed. In most cases, the early detection of cavities means more treatment options and a greater chance of saving the affected tooth.
If you would like to schedule an appointment or have any questions about please contact Tilden Dental Group at their River North dental practice today!