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It is the word we all dread when we go to the dentist – “cavity.”  Cavities, or tooth decay, begin when plaque is not cleaned from the surface of our teeth. After consuming sweets and sugary drinks, the bacteria in our mouths feed on the sugars and produce acids that attack the enamel of our teeth. Once the decay penetrates this outer layer, it can lead to a host of dental problems, including pain, sensitivity, discoloration, infection and even tooth loss. These are all disruptive and undesirable symptoms – but, what if we could catch decay before these symptoms present themselves? A modern dental technology called DIAGNOdent makes it possible to detect cavities at their earliest possible stage!

Preventing Problems Before They Start

Routine exams and X-rays can spot a large majority of dental problems. However, when it comes to cavities, the DIAGNOdent laser is able to detect microscopic cracks or dents that may be lurking beneath the surface. These are early stages of cavities that would otherwise be missed with conventional methods. These areas can be either treated conservatively or closely monitored.

How DIAGNOdent Works

The DIAGNOdent laser tool is equipped to reveal bacteria within a tooth without the need for invasive surgery. The handheld device works by measuring the amount of laser fluorescence within the layers of each tooth. Teeth that have cracks, bacteria or decay will exhibit fluoresce and alert us that the tooth is compromised in some way. The entire process is quick and painless. DIAGNOdent laser cavity detection is even safer than other diagnostic methods, such as x-rays.

What Patients Can Avoid

When a cavity is detected at such an early stage, patients can avoid the need for more invasive or costly dental procedures, such as root canals, dental crowns and extractions. In many cases, a simple tooth-colored filing can be used to repair the tooth after laser cavity detection. Beyond the wallet savings of using this advanced technology, patients can also avoid the disruptive symptoms of a cavity that has progressed, such as pain, discoloration and more.

Laser cavity detection is also ideal for children or those who want to avoid the probing and scraping involved in checking for cavities the conventional way. It is a great choice for patients who are at higher risk for decay, as they may need to come in for laser cavity detection more often than others.

Schedule Laser Cavity Detection in Alpharetta!

At Crabapple Dental, we are proud to offer the latest preventative tools that modern dentistry has to offer. To schedule your routine dental visit and DIAGNOdent cavity check, call us today.

Posted on behalf of Crabapple Dental

12670 Crabapple Road, #110
Alpharetta, GA 30004

Phone: (678) 319-0123


Monday: 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Thursday: 7:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Friday: 7:30 AM – 3:00 PM

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Crabapple Dental

4.7 / 5.0

Based on 39 reviews

Kim B.

This is by far the most customer focused dental practice I’ve ever experienced. Starting with Dr Roberts and her entire staff! Immediately I felt I was a priority and my anxiety slowly disappeared. She has state of the art technology and is a pleasure to work with!! She contacted me after hours to check on me after certain procedures!! Highly recommend!!!! A very warm and nurturing environment!!

Linda S.

Dr. Roberts and her entire staff are very friendly and professional. Dr. Roberts has a great "bedside manner" and clearly explains what she needs to and why, in a very calming manner. She is a perfectionist in her work, and I can honestly say I've never experienced pain during several crown procedures. I would highly recommend this practice to anyone.

Skyler S.

Every time I walk into Dr. Roberts' office, I feel at home. The establishment is clean and welcoming, and the staff is so friendly! I live in Atlanta, and I still make the trip up to Alpharetta just to go back to Crabapple Dental because I appreciate everything they do so much. They always have the most up to date technology and tools that makes my mouth feel more clean each time I go. Definitely recommend!

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Crabapple Dental

12670 Crabapple Road, #110
Alpharetta, GA 30004

(678) 319-0123