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Tooth decay can be extremely painful. It also puts the teeth at risk. Many extractions and restorative treatments are performed every single day because tooth decay has become too severe for the dentist to save the tooth.

Diagnodent® is a safe fluorescent laser that detects hidden tooth decay accurately and quickly, even in its earliest stages.

All dentists are advocates for healthy, natural teeth. Restoration devices, such as crowns 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 “opening up the tooth.” This provides a greater chance of identifying, treating, and retaining a natural tooth without the need for expensive and time-consuming restorations.

At Presser Dental Group, our hygienists have been using Diagnodent® for many years. We do our best to provide our clients in and around Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with outstanding dental care.

How Can Diagnodent® Help Me?

Diagnodent® accurately exposes more caries than x-rays and examinations. In fact, this revolutionary diagnostic tool is more than 90% accurate. Sometimes, caries “go underground” due to fluoridation.

This essentially means that lesions that once lay on the surface of the tooth bed down and remain invisible to the naked eye. Because Diagnodent® exposes caries earlier, more treatment options are possible.

Benefits Associated With Diagnodent®

  • Allows Dentists to Perform Treatment With Greater Confidence
  • Allows for the Investigation of Suspicious Areas
  • Completely Safe
  • Cost-Effective
  • Empirically Measurable Results 

  • Helps Reduce Future Dental Procedures
  • More Accurate Than Any Other Diagnostic Tool
  • No Exposure to X-Rays
  • 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 or professional cleaning. It is strikingly similar to having a laser pointer aimed at the teeth.

Diagnodent® is a high-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 caries of any significance, more laser light is reflected back.

High readings (compared to the tooth originally scanned) indicate that caries are 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 Dr. Presser or one of our hygienists determines which teeth are suffering from decay, a plan can be formulated and treatment options can be discussed. In most cases, the early detection of caries means more treatment options and a greater chance of saving the affected tooth.

If you have any questions about Diagnodent®, please ask Dr. Presser or any of our hygienists. If you are already a patient, you might be surprised to learn that our hygienist used Diagnodent® at your last visit.

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