We work diligently to help our patients avoid tooth decay or other dental problems whenever possible. However, if a cavity does develop, we have the advanced technology to detect it and treat it at its earliest stage. DIAGNOdent is the latest cavity detection device available. It uses laser screening capabilities to reveal small areas of decay so that they can be conservatively treated. This saves patients the strong potential of a their cavity getting larger and needing multiple procedures in repair. DIAGNOdent is a quick, painless process that is safe for all ages. It is just one way that Dentistry of Highland Village helps keep your smile healthy and confident for a lifetime with general dental care.
How does DIAGNOdent work?
DIAGNOdent can be performed during your routine dental checkup. It works by using a sophisticated laser scanning system that screens your entire smile. During this brief scanning period, audio signals are emitted and a digital read-out is available. DIAGNOdent measures the fluorescence within each tooth's structure, which reveals areas between, on and around your teeth where cavities are forming. The entire scanning process is comfortable for the patient and lasts just a few short minutes.
Tooth decay typically begins in the most inconspicuous places, such as the tiny cracks and grooves that your toothbrush has difficulty reaching. While some cavities are felt as sticky pits using dental probing, early tooth decay is often asymptomatic and unnoticed during a visible exam. With DIAGNOdent, we can treat tooth decay at its beginning stages. This means that there is a much smaller area to repair and your treatment plan is more conservative and less expensive.
If you would like to be screened for possible tooth decay and cavities, please contact our office today to schedule an appointment at Dentistry of Highland Village. We welcome the opportunity to show you how convenient and rewarding dental care can be in Houston!