DIAGNOdent is the revolutionary new way to find even the smallest areas of tooth decay. By using this new technology, Stanley Dentistry is able to target and treat all of your small problem areas before they turn into larger issues that require more complicated procedures. We’ve taken our most frequently asked questions about DIAGNOdent and have answered them below. If you still have other questions about DIAGNOdent and the best ways to prevent tooth decay, please contact us for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does it hurt?

No! DIAGNOdent is completely painless. Its energy level is similar to that of a laser pointer, the laser beam is harmless to surrounding tissues.

What are the shortcomings of the traditional dental techniques like probing and x-ray imaging?

Believe it or not, as much as 50% of tooth decay may go undetected by traditional dental methods of probing and other diagnostic techniques.

How long has this technology been around?

While the device has been in use in Europe for several years, the FDA has recently approved the use of the cavity-detecting laser for use by dentists in the U.S.

Where does most tooth decay start today?

Today most tooth decay starts in the hard-to-see valleys and canyon-like anatomy of the tooth surface.

Why are these pit and valley cavities more important to detect today than in the past?

In the past tooth decay predominated in between teeth. With the widespread use of fluoride, the very nature of tooth decay has changed. The outer surfaces of teeth are strengthened and more resistant. Today the pit and valley cavities are more prevalent than cavities that are in between teeth.