Instrument detects caries based on laser fluorescence

Feb. 1, 1999
In cooperation with several leading universities and the European Institute for Laser Technologies in Dentistry and Medicine, KaVo has developed a revolutionary new instrument for detecting caries-based on the principle of laser fluorescence. The rate of correct diagnoses using DIAGNOdent* in detecting initial defects (where the outer surface appears to be intact) has been shown to be approximately 90 percent, compared to a rate of 58 percent using conventional inspection and probing, and a rate

In cooperation with several leading universities and the European Institute for Laser Technologies in Dentistry and Medicine, KaVo has developed a revolutionary new instrument for detecting caries-based on the principle of laser fluorescence. The rate of correct diagnoses using DIAGNOdent* in detecting initial defects (where the outer surface appears to be intact) has been shown to be approximately 90 percent, compared to a rate of 58 percent using conventional inspection and probing, and a rate of 67 percent using X-rays with inspection**.

The operating principle of DIAGNOdent is based on the fact that demineralized, hard-tooth substances and bacteria can be detected when stimulated with laser light of a defined wavelength.

With DIAGNOdent, it now is possible to precisely quantify, classify, and monitor even the most minute changes in tooth structure in order to ensure the best possible dental-treatment plan, whether that calls for additional monitoring, preventive measures, or minimally invasive therapy.

For more details or to place an order, contact your authorized KaVo dealer or call (888) KaVo USA.

*Patent pending

**Research available upon request

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