Diagnodent Laser Pen
Dr. McCormick also uses a laser caries (cavity) detector in his practice. As part of his examination, Dr. McCormick and his staff use this technology to aid in the detection of dental cavities. Even very small cavities can be detected at the earliest stage of development. The Diagnodent Laser Pen is an extremely accurate diagnostic aid. The laser pen operates by detecting various levels of fluorescence of a tooth. Normal tooth structure exhibits little or no fluorescence. Carious tooth structure exhibits fluorescence proportionate to the degree of the cavity. This results in an elevated scale reading. The end result is a valuable aid in the overall diagnoses and treatment planning of each individual patient.