Laser Cavity Detection


Diagnodent is a light emitting device that when shined on teeth gives a digital readout that will help us detect decay below the surface of enamel. It works by shining a certain wavelength of light on the tooth that causes decayed matter to exhibit fluorescence. At this specific wavelength, clean healthy tooth structure exhibits little or no fluorescence, resulting in very low scale readings on the display. However, carious tooth structure (cavities) will exhibit fluorescence, proportionate to the degree of caries, resulting in elevated scale readings on the display.