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Anyone hear of "laser cavity detection"?

Old 08-25-06, 10:38 AM
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Anyone hear of "laser cavity detection"?

The one in question is KaVo DIAGNOdent. Basically, after being relatively cavity free for years, my dentist gets this new machine. They then discover 6 cavities that no one has noticed and would have been otherwise missed for years. As I have some concern in paying for something that a professional couldn't see (the emperors new teeth?), does anyone have any experience with these systems? I'm going to google the devices/technique shortly, but I wanted to unleash the power of Otter as well...
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There are cavities, and there are Cavities. If they are not causing you any trouble, leave them alone.
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Yes, my dentist has had one of these devices for years. (He's a bit of a geek but then so am I.) It shines a near-IR laser into the tooth enamel and based on florecense (returned light of a different frequency) generates a diagnostic value and a audible tone.

There is a major caveat: Tooth sealants will appear as a cavity to the device. Therefore, the laser cavity detector should not be used as the sole diagnostic. He should confirm that a cavity does actually exist using another means (xray?).

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