A recent and exciting innovation in early detection of dental disease is the Diagnodent laser device. This is a small laser light that emits no heat which shines its laser light on a suspicious area and provides a numerical readout as to the existence of cavities. Laser light reflects off of the tooth differently when a cavity is present as opposed to when a tooth is healthy. Finally, the dentist has an objective measurement – a recordable number- indicating health or disease. The measurements can be tracked over time to give an indication if a particular area is staying the same or getting worse. There is no sensation from this device.
Dr. Silberman has been using this device for a number of years and found it to be very accurate. The benefits for the patient are early detection of cavities which means less expense to repair and less tooth structure to change.Back