How Does It work?
Laser cavity detection is a technological miracle! Not only is it useful to detect decay, but it can also be used to actively monitor suspected areas so we know exactly when and how to treat the area. The idea of “watching” an area progress into a cavity that can be seen on an x-ray is no longer considered good dentistry because once decay can be noted on an x-ray it is usually twice as deep in reality!
The laser cavity detector uses the laser to measure the fluorescence of decay. Teeth do not fluoresce but decay will! The device uses a range of numbers from zero to 99. These numbers tell us if it is an area that needs to be treated now or actively monitored. These numbers actually tell us how deep the decay is inside the tooth! You will be able to actively co-diagnose your teeth through the numbers on the screen and through the audible noises it makes! We will give you a brief description of what the numbers and noises mean so you’ll know exactly what they find inside your teeth. The laser cavity detector is 90% accurate. We will give you a brief description of what the numbers and noises mean so you’ll know exactly what we find inside your teeth.
No more guessing! It actually helps us know which treatment protocol would be best on that tooth!! Again, this allows more conservative treatment to be done which saves tooth structure, less discomfort and costs you less money!