DIAGNOdent Laser by KaVo
Many people are accustomed to those sessions at the dentist wherein
the dentist pokes and prods inside their mouth looking for cavities. We
all understand the importance of maintaining clean and healthy teeth,
and how the detection of cavities is paramount to accomplishing that. As
a result, we are very accepting of the fact that this process is time
consuming and uncomfortable. Well, that old procedure may be a thing of
the past with the advent of the DIAGNOdent Laser by KaVo.
The DIAGNOdent Laser is the latest in cavity detection. This tool is
much more efficient and reliable than the traditional method of cavity
detection. The traditional method of detection is not one hundred
percent effective. It’s more like fifty to seventy-percent effective.
Why this statistic occurs is because this old method of detection only
finds cavities that are bigger than the head of the tool doing the
probing. This leaves out a large number of cavities that lie on fissure
lines or on the occlusal surfaces of the teeth.
This situation is rectified by the DIAGNOdent Laser by KaVo. This
laser is very efficient in how it works, and much less cumbersome than
the traditional methods of detection. First, the laser takes a reading
of a healthy surface of enamel on your teeth. This reading is used as a
baseline; i.e. a specific emission of light is reflected by the laser
when it encounters a healthy area of the teeth. Next, the DIAGNOdent
Laser scans the rest of the teeth. If the laser detects an area that
differs from the baseline reading, the laser reflects a fluorescent
light on a wavelength different from the baseline reading. This alerts
the dentist to a potential problem area so that further probing may be
done. With a method such as this, the laser can detect the smallest
signs of decay on a tooth, something that was not possible using the
traditional method of detection.
As you can see, the DIAGNOdent Laser by KaVo allows Dr. Nelson Chen to
detect cavities and potential trouble spots much more accurately than
traditional methods. Furthermore, because the laser is so precise,
x-rays are not needed to gauge the health of teeth. And finally, the
process provides a level of comfort unheard of for the patient.
We are glad to offer the DIAGNOdent Laser by KaVo in our office in
Bellevue. Our DIAGNOdent Laser is an integral part of our treatment, and
we are happy that not only does it afford the best in cavity detection,
but also the highest level of comfort for our patients. In addition to
the DAIGNOdent Laser by KaVo, we now have the DIAGNOdent Perio Probe.
Much like the DIAGNOdent Laser, the probe uses a laser; however, instead
of looking for cavities, the DIAGNOdent Perio Probe examines the gum
tissue for signs of periodontal disease.
If you have any questions regarding treatment, please feel free to
call our dental office in Bellevue, and Dr. Nelson Chen will answer any
questions you may have.
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