Laser Cavity Detection

Finding cavities with a metal pick are days of the past, thanks to the completely pain-free DIAGNOdent laser cavity detection device! This cutting-edge instrument helps find decay earlier than ever before by detecting beginning stages of decay in the grooves and fissures of your teeth, before a larger part of the tooth is lost to decay.


The KaVo DIAGNOdent spots cavities at an early stage, which means we can often remove the small amount of decay and restore the tooth back to health with tooth-colored bonding, and without any pain or numbing!

Traditionally, metal instruments were used to “feel” the hard enamel for soft spots of decay- this is how your cavities may have been discovered in the past. Because decay at the surface of teeth starts as a microscopic break in the enamel and erodes the underlying tooth structure, older cavity detection methods only showed decay when a significant amount of tooth structure had already been lost.

The DIAGNOdent fluorescent laser cavity detection spots cavities with over 90% accuracy, so you can be confident knowing your teeth are in great hands.

Dr. Smallwood and the team at The Centre for Contemporary Dental Concepts strive to offer the most cutting-edge technology for their patients, putting patient comfort first. Schedule your next appointment with our Scottsdale dentist by calling our office at 480-894-8101.

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