No Poking Required
While I was in the office of Dr. Tom Hughes here in Monument for my routine six-month exam and hygiene appointment, he noticed a suspicious area on one of my teeth. Instead of aggressively poking the area on my tooth with a sharp instrument, he gently used a small laser to make a final evaluation of tooth density and possible decay. It was impressive, painless and in a word; miraculous.
He further explained that this laser decay detection instrument (DIAGNODENT) is new to dentistry and can accurately detect tooth decay and tooth density on a scale from 1 to 100 (the higher the number the greater the amount of tooth decay). The number that registered for my tooth was 37 and he explained that any number greater than 10-15 was reliable evidence to justify treatment. Needless to say, I scheduled an appointment for the repair, and sure enough, tooth decay was present. The laser diagnosis was reliable!
Although this new laser instrument cannot detect tooth decay between the teeth (x-rays are presently still necessary to reveal interproximal decay), he reported that the technology for interproximal decay detection with lasers is on the near horizon.
It was so nice to leave behind the old days of painful probing and poking with sharp instruments to identify areas of tooth decay. Thank you, Dr. Hughes, for staying abreast with the latest dental technologies to diagnose tooth decay and help me preserve my natural teeth for my lifetime! I’ll see you again in six months for my next laser dental exam.
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