While dentists are trained to detect cavities in a variety of ways, poking and prodding--even x-rays--don’t catch everything.
Diagnosing cavities in the back of the mouth using traditional methods is difficult; studies even show that 50% of cavities are left undetected in these areas. However, today’s technologies enable the location of these cavities to put a stop to further decay. DIAGNOdent is one of the more popular technologies, utilizing lasers for detection. Others utilize LED fluorescence, or function as a special attachment to intraoral cameras for a closer look. All of these are completely safe, and they enhance the dentist’s ability to find cavities (also called caries). Better accuracy for better treatment plans--it’s devices like these that help us detect and treat cavities before they become a real problem.
Feel free to ask us about the technologies we use for diagnosis.