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DIAGNOdent® Laser-based Cavity Detection in Bakersfield, CA

DIAGNOdent® is a cavity detector which reads fluorescence levels reflected from a laser source. It is a huge improvement on the old way dentists have checked teeth for decay using a pick or and explorer feeling for the instrument to stick into a soft spot. The problem with the old way, is that it would fail to detect decay that was obscured by enamel fissures that were finer that the tip of the pick… by the time the pick would find the cavity, the decay would have to allowed to spread large enough into the softer dentin layer until the obscuring enamel was undermined enough to break from the pick’s pressure. The DIAGNOdent® is able to detect the decay much sooner, when it just has started into the dentin, instead of it having spread close to the pulp (nerve) of the tooth.

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