Find caries with light, I love this game!
Finding caries present in our patients’ mouths is one of the main, basic task of our examination. Although other diagnostic tools and parameters are often used to this end, finding caries with light can be a viable, effective, risk free option, even in younger patients. In dentistry, research and development of new materials and technologies reach for better prevention and early treatment of dental diseases.
In this context, the concept of “minimally invasive dentistry” is gaining space, a discipline that has its main goal in the respect of the healthy tooth tissue and has the treatment of primary and secondary lesions at the very early stage as a priority.
Careful diagnostic investigation, correct assessment of the biological risks/benefits and – last but not least – the conservative and highly specific removal of decayed tissue, preliminary measures are very important for the achievement of these results.
It is essential that the diagnostic path start from a proper clinical and radiological investigation through conventional diagnostic tools complemented by innovative tools in order to make otherwise clinically hidden lesions visible.
The observation that the enamel, dentin or decayed tissue, exposed to a laser light, emit a specific spontaneous fluorescence made it possible to develop devices that, using laser technology, allow us to attribute a “grading” to the carious lesion severity, which is a prerequisite for subsequent operational choices, more or less favorable to the intervention, both to monitor the evolution in time of the carious pathology and/or the effectiveness of the treatment.
HOW DIAGNOCAM WORKS
Light is a patient-friendly tecnology, totally safe for the patient and
it represent a way to do clear diagnosis and to have a new and easy communication with patients.
It means that we can detect early lesions and monitor them over time and manage the treatment based on the specific risk to develop caries.
It is a great opportunity for dentists and patients.
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