Laser Cavity Detection
Laser Cavity Detection Using DIAGNOdent and Carivue
The DIAGNOdent laser and Carivue laser are available for our patients. These lasers help with early detection of cavities. Traditional methods of cavity detection are x-rays and clinical examination. While these methods of cavity detection are extremely important, they still have their limitations. It is possible that decay can slip into deeper pits and fissures in our teeth and grow from within. Until these hidden cavities get large enough or reach the surface, they can be virtually undetectable. If a cavity gets large enough, a simple filling won’t be enough to fix the cavity properly and may need a more expensive crown or partial coverage crown. If detected too late, cavities can lead to root canals and even extractions. With the DIAGNOdent, we can now detect these cavities earlier and treat them before they become too large.
The DIAGNOdent laser procedure is non-invasive and painless. For the procedure, a regular teeth cleaning is required. The laser is placed on each tooth, one at a time, to see all crevices of the tooth. The laser gives dentists the ability to diagnose dental problems faster, so that you can take care of your teeth now and prevent any future problems. After reviewing your teeth with the DIAGNOdent laser, your dentist can determine the best recommendations for your teeth.
The Carivue laser uses transillumination to identify decay, cavities, cracks and fractures in the tooth. The device can be placed over each tooth to reflect a safe infrared-light. The light makes the outer part of the tooth (enamel) transparent, while decay and fractures trap and absorb the light. A camera captures an image of the tooth, showing the tooth structure and any decay and fracture with high accuracy.