At the Pediatric Dental Center we use the DIAGNOdent Laser to aid in caries (decay) detection. The DIAGNOdent is an extremely accurate diagnostic aid. It has been proven to be over 90% accurate! We check all permanent molars with this device, as well as any questionable or suspicious areas on primary (baby) or permanent teeth. This device cannot detect interproximal caries (decay in between the teeth.) The device’s ability to see into occlusal (chewing surface) pits and fissures enables dentists to treat sub-surface caries lesions with confidence.
In the picture above the top illustration shows an explorer not being able to detect the decay in the tear drop shaped fissure. The bottom illustration shows the DIAGNOdent laser detecting the decay by measuring the laser fluorescence within the tooth. For more information on the DIAGNOdent please click here.
Pediatric Dental Center
Dr. Shah, Dr. O’Riordan