Our office is equipped with DIAGNOdent, a technology that allows us to detect cavities and decay that can’t be spotted by the human eye. DIAGNOdent is a painless laser technology that helps Dr. Arfanis detect tooth decay. This device helps us treat small cavities and decay before they become bigger, more expensive issues.
A lot of cases of tooth decay begin because of undetected cavities in the pits and grooves of the tooth. These cavities do not get bigger at the surface of the tooth, but spread out under the enamel, weakening the tooth.
DIAGNOdent functions by using a laser system that fluoresces the tooth enamel. The device measures the level of fluorescence. A healthy tooth shows little fluorescence, while a tooth with decay will show fluorescence when the laser scans it. The more fluorescence detected, the greater the extent of decay the tooth has.