KaVo DIAGNOdent is the future of dental decay detection, providing a highly accurate and reliable means of identifying dental caries. With DIAGNOdent, dentists can discover the beginnings of decay before it has a chance to progress. DIAGNOdent can detect even the tiniest of caries, pits, and crevices that are potential sources of decay. It uses a special wavelength of light that causes bacteria and decayed tooth matter to fluoresce.
KaVo DIAGNOdent was tested concerning reproducibility and validity and compared with radiography regarding accuracy in detecting occlusal caries. Seventy-six extracted premolar and molar teeth were measured twice with DIAGNOdent under both wet and dry conditions at an interval of 2 weeks.
The decay becomes visible, but a small audio effect helps ensure every questionable spot is identified. The DIAGNOdent laser technology successfully detects more than 9 out of 10 carries, allowing [city] dentists to better monitor the progress of decay over time and treat it early enough to preserve as much of the natural tooth structure as possible.
Conventional film radiographs were exposed. Microradiographic analysis of sections of the teeth served as the gold standard. Intra-class correlation coefficient and Pearson’s correlation coefficient were used to assess the reproducibility and the validity of the method, respectively. The influence of time and varying humidities on DIAGNOdent readings were analyzed by two-way repeated measure ANOVA.
How the Kavo DIAGNOdent Works
The DIAGNOdent uses laser fluorescence to aid in the detection of caries within the tooth structure. As the incident laser light is dispersed into the site, the carious tooth structure will exhibit fluorescence, proportionate to the degree of caries, resulting in elevated scale readings on display. A clean, healthy tooth structure exhibits little or no fluorescence and will result in shallow scale readings on display.
Features & Benefits:
Over 90% accurate in detecting lesions not detectable with an explorer or bitewing X-rays. The DIAGNOdent allows the treatment of questionable sites and sub-surface caries with confidence.
The DIAGNOdent is an extremely accurate, reliable, and non-invasive method to aid in caries detection. The device has been successfully used by more than 20,000 dental professionals in the United States and is integrated into the curriculum by a growing number of dental schools.
- Easy to Use
The DIAGNOdent is a compact, portable device with a user-friendly design that moves easily from room to room. With the new DIAGNOdent pen display, KaVo has enhanced the patient experience in caries diagnosis. The remote display for the DIAGNOdent pen uses infrared signals, and the values are shown simultaneously on the DIAGNOdent pen and the remote display.
- Easy Calibration
Treatment decision requires a higher degree of certainty. The DIAGNOdent laser caries detection aid removes the doubt from treatment decisions regarding hidden caries or questionable stained grooves. The device’s ability to see into occlusal pits and fissures enables dentists to treat sub-surface caries lesions with confidence. The device is also easily calibrated in the office and without the assistance of a technician.
Detachable/sterilizable sheath and tips make it even easier to use and maintain. Implementing DIAGNOdent into your practice has never been easier.
- Test with Confidence
The DIAGNOdent is a valuable detection aid that can provide immediate return on investment in various ways. It will allow you to provide a higher level of patient care and enable the practice to detect more caries lesions than if only using traditional methods. The DIAGNOdent is safe because it uses light energy with no X-ray exposure. The product poses no danger to staff and patients and allows painless, non-invasive examination.
The DIAGNOdent Laser Scanning Process
- First, the laser is calibrated to your teeth by scanning one of your cleaned surface areas.
- Once the laser is calibrated, all of your teeth will be comfortably scanned within a few minutes.
- The laser desktop unit will emit an audio signal when cavities are discovered and provide a digital readout of the cavity location.
- The degree of tooth decay depends on the amount of fluorescence recorded.
Advantages of the Laser Cavity Finder
- Proven to be 100% accurate in finding subsurface cavities that traditional methods may miss.
- The procedure only takes a few minutes and is painless.
- Because decay is found early, small issues can be corrected before becoming problematic.
- Fixing small problems early means less dental work, which saves you money.
- The laser is completely harmless to your mouth tissue and doesn’t require protective eyewear.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I benefit from it?
With DIAGNOdent, you can benefit from increased accuracy in cavity detection. Many patients also appreciate that the laser is more comfortable than the traditional dental probes that can cause anxiety in some patients.
What should I expect if my dentist uses it?
DIAGNOdent is a completely painless procedure that is best used as a supplement to dental x-rays. A staff member will calibrate the laser and carefully scan each tooth. The laser is completely safe and harmless to surrounding tissues, so you should experience no discomfort during your visit.
What happens after my examination?
If your DIAGNOdent exam reveals the presence of cavities or decay, your dentist will make a recommendation for treatment. If you do not have any decay, or if DIAGNOdent discovers the beginnings of potential trouble spots, your dentist will use the results of your exam to track the progress of decay at future appointments.