We are thrilled to welcome this exciting new technology into the Practice. Being the only Dental practitioner in Gympie to offer this to our clients, we sat down with our OHT Jason to discover the low down on the Diagnocam.
First up, what is a Diagnocam?
The correct term is a ‘Kavo Diagnocam’. This is exciting new technology known as Digital Imaging Fiber Optic TransIllumination (or DIFOTI for short!) We are the only practice in Gympie to offer this to our patients.
How does it work?
The technology works by shining a near infrared light through the tooth. As the light moves through the tooth, changes in the absorption of this light shows visible shadows in the tooth. These shadows are decay. A camera is built into the device to capture a magnified view of the tooth. See the image below – the arrows point to the shadows that indicate decay between teeth.
Why is the diagnocam important and what are the benefits?
The Diagnocam allows us to see more clearly where decay is in the tooth. It allows us to know exactly how deep the decay is and therefore helps us to classify decay more precisely. This in turns provides the opportunity to monitor certain lesions that have the potential to remineralise instead of opting to fill the tooth. This can be very difficult to do on traditional x-ray films. Due to the magnification, the Diagnocam allows us to see areas of enamel softening that we aren’t able to see with the naked eye and traditional light. Because the Diagnocam uses near infrared light which is nonionizing (unlike x-rays) it is extremely safe and great for use in pregnant women and children.
Visually the Diagnocam allows us to classify cracks in teeth very accurately and differentiate very easily between cracks that require treatment and those that don’t. Finally in scientific studies it demonstrates an accuracy for decay detection better than with traditional x-rays and visual inspection.
Any final thoughts?
The Diagnocam reduces our reliance on x-rays as the only form of decay detection. It’s safe, comfortable and quick to use. It continues to provide opportunities to remineralise teeth instead of filling them and has no additional cost to the patient unlike x-rays. Truly the first piece of technology in decay detection that has broken ground over the last 10 years. The only practice in Gympie to be able to provide this to our patients.