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Studies show that dentists who check for cavities using only a handheld pick only detect 57% of problems. La Jolla dentist Dr. Jacob Russell believes that number isn’t good enough for his patients – that’s why his dental office uses DIAGNOdent.

DIAGNOdent technology is capable of detecting up to 90% of oral health issues. To find out how this device can benefit your dental health, please call Jacob Russell, DDS, today at (858) 459-4113 to schedule your appointment. Dr. Russell serves patients in La Jolla and other San Diego communities.

What Is DIAGNOdent?

DIAGNOdent is an advanced diagnostic tool that uses a laser system to detect tooth decay. The device shines a specific wavelength of light onto a tooth. If the wavelength changes, the DIAGNOdent has discovered the presence of potentially harmful bacteria.

When exposed to the laser, plaque will exhibit a fluorescent glow. The device will alert Dr. Russell of the change and allow him to see bacteria growth that is usually invisible to the naked eye.

More common diagnostic tools like oral X-rays and the traditional exam conducted by a dentist sometimes can’t show evidence of a dental health problem until it has reached an advanced stage. By conforming to the peaks and valleys of each tooth and illuminating even small patches of decay, the laser used by DIAGNOdent is often a more effective first alert.

Benefits of DIAGNOdent

Unchecked bacteria growth in the mouth can lead to multiple cavities, which are not only painful but can require expensive restoration if left untreated. One of the key advantages of DIAGNOdent is the laser’s ability to detect a cavity in its earliest stages

Other reasons Dr. Russell uses laser cavity detection include:

  • Tooth repair can be more conservative
  • Closer, accurate diagnosis saves time during your appointment
  • Minimizes the need for additional exploration to diagnose decay
  • Easier diagnosis of potential dental health issues causing cavities, such as chronic dry mouth

The high degree of accuracy and the ability to detect problems early make DIAGNOdent a key feature of Dr. Russell’s advanced dentistry practice.

To schedule an appointment to evaluate your oral health, please contact Jacob Russell, DDS. Dr. Russell welcomes patients throughout the San Diego area to his office in La Jolla.