X-rays are a great tool for diagnosing decay. However, x-rays are a 2-dimensional image of a 3 dimensional object and don’t show decay on the biting surfaces of teeth clearly. There are occasions where there is a suspicious area on a tooth that doesn’t show up in the x-rays and is visually difficult to diagnose. Here in Dr. Sullivan’s office we have technology that allows us to determine if those suspicious areas are active decay.
Altered tooth substances and bacteria fluoresce when they are exposed to a specific wavelength of light. The DIAGNOdent operates at a wavelength of 655 nm. At this specific wavelength, clean healthy tooth structure exhibits little or no fluorescence, resulting in very low scale readings on the display. However, a decayed tooth structure will exhibit fluorescence, proportionate to the degree of caries, resulting in elevated scale readings on the display of the DIAGNOdent.
Many of Dr. Sullivan’s patients here in Gilbert, AZ love the DIAGNOdent because it is easy to use, is painless, and helps us accurately diagnose any area of decay so we can provide minimally invasive treatment. The DIAGNOdent helps us detect early decay, thus allowing us to place a smaller restoration and leave you with a healthy smile. Click here for more information on the DIAGNOdent
If you’re worried you might have a cavity, call our office today to schedule an appointment. With an xray and the DIAGNOdent, Dr. Sullivan can determine if you have decay and can treat it as soon as possible to avoid further decay.