The Diagnodent uses a small laser to help us diagnose decay earlier than ever before. While X-rays can be invaluable in helping us diagnose decay, their use in detecting beginning decay on the chewing surface is limited.

Many teeth have grooves on the chewing surface that gather stain. In the past it was impossible to tell if dark areas on the chewing surface were decay or merely stains that were penetrating deep into the grooves.

With traditional diagnostic techniques, the explorer instrument is too large to fit into the small grooves to give us a tactile sense of whether decay exists or not.

The laser tip of the Diagnodent allows us to see a digital readout quantifying the amount of decay which may be present. The value of diagnosing decay early cannot be overestimated. With early detection, treatment can be less invasive and more comfortable than ever before.

Drs. John and David Lipani provide dental procedures such as reconstructive dentistry, crowns, bridges, dentures,
bonding, dental implants, teeth whitening, and porcelain veneers in Bridgewater, New Jersey.