LASER CARIES DETECTION
More and more patients place value on healthy and attractive teeth. In order to maintain them, the earliest possible care is essential. Lasers aid in the detections of caries. Even very small lesions are detected at the earliest stage, enabling Chatham Dental Care's dental providers to protect and preserve the tooth substance.
What It Is
A new technique finds cavities that lie beneath the tooth surface.
Lasers help detect dental caries at the earliest possible stage so that the most appropriate treatment can be designed for the patient. More accuracy -- less guesswork.
Measurements from Lasers, together with conventional diagnostic tools and valuable professional judgment, will help determine whether to monitor suspect areas over time and treat them with preventive therapy such as fluoride and sealants, or to restore them.
How It Works
Our advanced caries system uses laser light to help detect changes in tooth structure which are displayed on digital scale readout.
What is it actually measuring?
It measures laser fluorescence within teeth. As the incident laser light is propagated into the site, two-way hand piece optics allows the unit to simultaneously measure the reflected laser light energy.
Cavities will exhibit fluorescence in proportion to the size of the cavity. This results in higher scale readings on the display plus an audio signal allows the dentist to hear changes in the scale values.
Because 80% of caries occur in the occlusal (biting surface) anatomy it can remain virtually undetected with traditional diagnostic methods until significantly developed.
Laser detection systems are a reliable, non-invasive supplement to the dentist's arsenal of diagnostic procedures and is highly effective in detecting caries at an early stage where teeth are most vulnerable.