DIAGNOdent

Accurate caries detection aid

More and more patients place value on healthy and attractive teeth. In order to maintain them, the earliest possible care is essential.

DIAGNOdent aids in the detections of caries.
Even very small lesions are detected at the earliest stage, enabling you to protect and preserve the tooth substance.

The DIAGNOdent laser caries detection aid removes the doubt from treatment decisions regarding hidden caries or questionable stained grooves. The device’s ability to see into occlusal pits and fissures enables dentists to treat sub-surface caries lesions with confidence. The following case studies demonstrate the DIAGNOdent’s diagnostic advantage over conventional methods.

Ever Play Hide and Seek with Caries?

Within the decay model, the accuracy of diagnosing "hidden" occlusal caries is recognized to be a challenge. Your visual and radiographic evaluation can be significantly more accurate with the use of KaVo's DIAGNOdent caries detection aid.

  • High level of patient acceptance and satisfaction.
  • Proven to be over 90% accurate.
  • Ideal adjunct to minimally invasive techniques (air abrasion, micro rotary instrumention, etc.).
  • Allows monitoring of caries progression. Small portable device which is simple to operate.

The DIAGNOdent Perio probe aids your detection and treatment of periodontal disease.

The majority of adults in our society have silver restorations on the chewing surfaces of their back teeth, particularly their molars.
Many of these fillings have been replaced with crowns. Behind a crown is the story of a tooth that was improperly formed years before it erupted. The tooth emerges through the gum with pits and fissures that are open and incompletely formed. Food and bacteria fill these grooves. The decay process begins, and cavities take hold. The tooth gets drilled and filled and before long refilled. There may even be a root canal, which is needed when decay or fracture reaches the nerve of the tooth. Each time the tooth is filled, its integrity is weakened and in the end it often fractures - hence the crown.

Microdentistry utilizes newer technologies such as Diagnodent, which is a simple laser diode to inspect your teeth. Reflection wavelengths are compared against a known healthy baseline wavelength to uncover decay. Diagnodent allows us to catch more area of decay sooner and with more precision. Early diagnosis helps prevent the spread of decay. Catching decay early, means fillings required are simpler and shallower, maintaining the integrity of the tooth. Instead of a large silver amalgam filling, the tooth is now conservatively filled with a tooth colored bonded preventive resin.

Microdentistry allows us to use minimally invasive decay removal procedures, such as drill-free air abrasion. First, a rubber dam is set in place to prevent debris from falling into the patient’s mouth. A small handheld piece of equipment bombards the tooth area with a stream of aluminum oxide particles. These particles hit the tooth under high pressure, bounce off at high speeds, and consequently blast away any decay. Because of the tiny particles used, the technique is sometimes called micro-abrasion. Another name for it is kinetic cavity preparation, since the principle of kinetic energy gives the particles enough impact power to actually remove tooth structure and decay.

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Crossing Bridge Family Dentistry - Dentist in Stittsville

1250 Stittsville Main St., Suite C14
Stittsville, ON K2S 1S9
Phone: (613) 435-4340
Fax: (613) 435-6544
Email: Info at CrossingBridgeFamilyDentistry dot com