What Is the DIAGNOdent?
Diagnosing tooth decay beneath the surface of teeth can be challenging, especially when cavities are occurring in the grooves and pits of the enamel. Digital x-rays and clinical evaluations do not always reveal sub-surface decay, especially in its early stages. To help diagnose tooth decay as early as possible, the pediatric dentists at Lancaster Pediatric Dental Associates use the DIAGNOdent cavity detector to examine the tooth structure. This innovative device employs laser fluorescence to discover areas of decay that may be developing beneath the surface layer of a tooth. By doing so, our team can often treat cavities before they become a deeper or more severe issue. For more information on how your son or daughter may benefit from a cavity screening with DIAGNOdent technology, contact our Lancaster, PA practice and talk with our friendly team today.
"Our 3 year old had a great experience at LPDA for his first dentist apt! Highly recommend Wendy as a dental hygienist! She did so well making sure our son felt comfortable and had fun! No tears or complaints from him so you know it went well. Great job LPDA team, especially Wendy!!"- A.B. / Google / Oct 07, 2020
"We had really good experience during our initial check up. Dental assistant Nancy was amazing, she was talking to my almost 4yr, really worked with him to participate and get as much done as possible. Definetly coming back."- O.H. / Google / Oct 01, 2020
"Dr. Ross is very professional, knowledgeable , kind and gentle. Despite my crying and scared daughter, he took the time needed to exam her teeth and discuss next steps with us."- A.M. / Google / Sep 30, 2020
"Love this place! Today was our very first dental visit & our first time at LPDA. The dentist and hygienist were kind and patient with my toddler. They were very respectful of any concerns I had mentioned. LPDA does a fantastic job in regards to covid-19 precautions. The front desk workers were also wonderful any time I’ve called and in person. A++ all around."- E.W. / Google / Sep 18, 2020
"Dr. Moriarty is incredible! My toddler was a little scared and nervous but Dr. Moriarty took extra time to talk with him and explain everything to him before doing it. She showed him each instrument, what they were for and what they did. She allowed him to touch and use them to ease his anxiety and the check up went incredibly well."- J.T. / Google / Sep 11, 2020
Best Candidates for DIAGNOdent
By the time most cavities become noticeable in the mouth, the decay has already caused a significant amount of damage within a tooth. Our team uses the DIAGNOdent advanced screening tool to identify unseen tooth decay that may be occurring within or between teeth, even in the very early (incipient) stage. Your child's entire mouth can be screened within a few minutes in a process that is comfortable and noninvasive. Whether your child has a history of decay or has never experienced a cavity, a screening with our DIAGNOdent laser can be extremely beneficial. DIAGNOdent technology is safe for use on patients of all ages.
The Cavity Screening Process
When areas of decay are identified in the very early stages, we can often take a more conservative approach to care, treating small cavities with simple fillings or less invasive options before they expand and require greater treatment needs. Usually administered during your child's dental check-up visits, the DIAGNOdent is a pen-shaped device that we pass over your child's teeth as it searches for decay. The laser emitted from the pen measures the fluorescence within the tooth structure as it is guided over each area of the mouth. If the DIAGNOdent detects fluorescence within an area, it will signal a number scale to our team. Higher numbers generally indicate the presence of decay within a tooth.
What If Decay Is Detected?
If tooth decay is detected during the DIAGNOdent process, our highly trained pediatric dentists will create a customized treatment plan to address the cavity. The smaller the area of decay, the more conservatively we can treat it, which is a significant advantage of early detection. At Lancaster Pediatric Dental Associates, we encourage you to keep routine dental exams and cleanings for your child and help them maintain good oral hygiene at home to help protect their smile against cavity formation.
DIAGNOdent screenings generally fall under dental exams, which are often covered by dental insurance. Our financial team will contact your insurance provider to gain an estimate of any additional costs before beginning your child's examination. Lancaster Pediatric Dental Associates offers several payment choices to help you cover any out-of-pocket expenses for your family's dental care.
Early Detection of Tooth Decay
Detecting a cavity early on is imperative for minimizing your child's dental health needs and preserving their oral health. By utilizing the DIAGNOdent, we can often catch decay before it spreads and causes more extensive dental problems. At Lancaster Pediatric Dental Associates, we are proud to incorporate DIAGNOdent into routine checkups to help save our patients time and money down the road. To learn more about our advanced approach to pediatric dental care, contact our Lancaster, PA office to schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience.