There is little double that lasers will be a standard in providing dental care in the future. At this time, the experimental nature and cost effectiveness for the patient have delayed our involvement in some areas of application.
However, there are two important areas of usage of high intensity light in our office which reduces times and cost of dental care, the diagnosis and the hardening of restoration material. We can use a dental diagnostic tool called diagnodent for early detection of a cavity. If a cavity is detected with the diagnodent, visual discovery, or via x-rays, we have the ability to bond restoration material to remaining tooth structure by curing (or hardening) the restorative material with an intense blue-colored light. Using this technique allows us to conserve tooth structure, gain final strength of a restoration in six seconds to avoid contamination, and easily evaluate the longevity of the restoration with x-rays for years to come.
Earliest Detection of a Cavity
The type of cavity that can occur on the chewing surface of the tooth is not visible by viewing x rays and sometimes not detectable visually. Although the advent of fluoride usage in drinking water and toothpastes has been a very effective way of reducing cavities on the smooth surfaces of teeth, the hardening of the outer “shell” of the tooth can reduce the ability to manually detect the smallest cavity in the grooves.
In clean teeth without fillings or sealants, we can use an instrument called a diagnodent to determine where bacteria has broken completely through enamel into the dentin, the classic definition of a ‘cavity.”
The method by which the diagnodent works is simply by noting the difference between the laser light which shines into a groove and the laser light which reflects. Because bacterial by-products absorb certain amounts (wavelengths) of light, when some light is not reflected, this instrument notices, makes a noise and shows a number.
As you may already know or have read, conservation of tooth structure is an office objective, and the diagnodent saves tooth structure by early detection, which can mean the difference between small and large restorations, or even whether a crown may or may not be needed in the future.
Canyon State Dental, in Chandler, AZ, Diagnodent Dental Laser Light
The Team can make restorations that appear so natural, no one can tell that there are artificial teeth in the patient’s smile. This can be a lifesaver for people that want to live an active lifestyle and maintain the appearance they had prior to the accident. We do, however, recommend that if you damaged your tooth, you call 602.834.0377 to schedule an appointment right away. The faster you can come into our dental office, the more options you will have for restoring the damaged tooth. This is especially true if you had a tooth fall out and are trying to save it.
While we are passionate about using diagnodent dental laser light as a way to create a beautiful and perfect smile, taking the time to focus on preventative care is something that we are equally passionate about. The entire staff at Canyon State Dental, in Chandler, AZ schedule an appointment to visit The Team. You will be delighted with the level of patient care that you receive along with the stunning results. You can schedule an appointment by calling Canyon State Dental, in Chandler, AZ.