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How Diagnodent Cavity Protection Detects Cavities

At Melinda Harr Dental, we invest in technology so that we can offer our current and future patients the best possible dental services and treatments. One of the ways your Fargo, ND dentist helps to preserve your dental health is with Diagnodent®, a cavity protection tool.

What is Diagnodent®?

Diagnodent® is a state-of-the-art device that is specifically designed to detect cavities. This is now the go-to tool at Melinda Harr Dental due to how effective it is at diagnosing and managing tooth decay from cavities. Using modern laser fluorescence technology, this tool offers a very accurate and simple way to detect cavities, even small ones that may not be evident to the patient. In particular, Diagnodent® excels at detecting hidden cavities, such as ones that are developing below the gum line, which traditional methods of cavity detection are more apt to miss.

How Does Diagnodent® Work?

Diagnodent® works by emitting a certain wavelength of laser light onto the surface of each tooth as the dentist works. The reflection of a healthy tooth varies from the reflection of a tooth that has a cavity. When the dentist sees a different reflection of light, they can measure it against readings on the Diagnodent® scale. The reason that the color of the light is different from that of teeth that have cavities is that the cavities absorb the laser light differently. This results in higher fluorescence and higher numerical readings on the device.

What are the Advantages of the Diagnodent® tool?

Both patients and dentists benefit from Diagnodent® in the following ways:

  • Improved cavity detection – The Diagnodent® tool enables the dentist to find cavities that would have been easy to overlook previously.
  • Non-invasive – The Diagnodent® cavity detection tool is painless and non-invasive.
  • Accurate – Once the Diagnodent® tool detects a cavity, the variation in light reflection is impossible to miss.

For cavity detection with Diagnodent® in Fargo, ND, visit Melinda Harr Dental. Contact us today to book your appointment!

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