DIAGNOdent for Decay Detection
One of the general dentistry services St Louis dentist Dr. Quigless offers his patients is DIAGNOdent for decay detection. DIAGNOdent is a non-invasive way to detect cavities in their early stages, even when they are very small and could not be positively identified with a dental probe.
How DIAGNOdent Works
DIAGNOdent uses a specialized light at the end of a small tube to find and rate tooth decay using a numeric scale. Depending on the extent of tooth decay, the light on the DIAGNOdent hand piece will reflect with more or less fluorescence.
We offer St Louis patients DIAGNOdent diagnostics because it prevents the discomfort associated with having to use a dental pick to determine whether a tooth has a cavity or not. Although it still requires touching the tooth, DIAGNOdent does not require pressure, and simply uses a slight rocking motion against the surface of the tooth. The process takes a little longer than traditional cavity diagnosis, but produces no discomfort and can tell us exactly how much decay your tooth has.
This in turn provides a way to determine how extensively a tooth needs to be repaired, or even if it needs to be repaired at all. DIAGNOdent can prevent cavity progression by positively identifying a cavity early on so it can be cared for with the least invasive general dentistry treatment possible.
Why Early Detection Matters
Diagnosing dental dangers before they become problems is as important as caring for damage after it has already occurred. By being able to diagnose potential damage before it becomes severe, we not only save your teeth from unnecessary damage but can save you time and money by providing a minor preventive general dentistry treatment before the condition becomes painful or untreatable.
DIAGNOdent is only one type of early detection tool we provide our St Louis patients with. Our dedication to advanced dental technology can prevent damage before it occurs and also create the best possible dental experience for you, our valued patient. If your dentist is using centuries-old tools to treat your dental problems, you will be amazed by the ease and comfort of the advanced technology used for dental treatments by Dr. Quigless.
If you are in the Saint Louis area of Missouri and are interested in learning more about DIAGNOdent and the other types of advanced diagnostics technology available to keep your smile looking beautiful, please contact St Louis general dentist Dr. Kirk Quigless today.
8083 Manchester Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63144