Laser technology is becoming increasingly popular in modern dental practices. Lasers are used in several dental applications, including detection and diagnosis of tooth decay.

Lasers for detecting tooth decay are a useful supplement to traditional methods such as clinical exams and radiography (X-rays), especially when it comes to early detection. In essence, lasers can help identify areas of potential problem or serve as a technological “second opinion” to areas that seem suspicious upon traditional exam.

How Does Laser Decay Diagnosis Work?


Making use of this non-invasive technology, the dental patient’s teeth are scanned so as to examine their structure. Laser cavity detection works on the principle that healthy tooth structure will reflect little or no fluorescence, while decayed tooth structure will reflect fluorescence proportionate to the level of decay, giving a numeric and audible reading.

Even though this technology is a useful tool, it doesn’t replace the traditional methods of detecting and treating tooth decay. Instead, laser decay diagnosis is used to supplement and complement these procedures, making them more efficient and accurate.

Our office is committed to offering patients access to state-of-the-art technology, equipment, and treatment options. To learn more, we invite you to contact Distinctive Dentistry today to schedule an appointment.