Western Suburbs Weekly - - Local Focus -

RA­DI­A­TION-free 3D scans for de­cay are avail­able at Cottes­loe Den­tal.

The scans use new dig­i­tal imag­ing fi­bre-op­tic trans-il­lu­mi­na­tion (DIFOTI) tech­nol­ogy, which uses a near in­frared light to il­lu­mi­nate a tooth to di­ag­nose de­cay.

“De­cay be­tween teeth can be missed us­ing clin­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion alone, which is why X-rays are nec­es­sary,” den­tist Dr Joshua Graieg said.

“Re­search has shown that DIFOTI is even more ac­cu­rate than X-rays for pick­ing up early le­sions in the outer layer (enamel) of the tooth.

“Be­cause it is ra­di­a­tion-free it is great for chil­dren and preg­nant women and when teeth are be­ing mon­i­tored they can be re-scanned when­ever nec­es­sary.”

Dr Graieg is ex­pe­ri­enced in the tech­nol­ogy and said he be­lieved it was the most ac­cu­rate way to de­tect and mon­i­tor early de­cay.

“That way, we can use pre­ven­tive tech­niques to pre­vent cav­i­ta­tion be­fore fill­ings are needed,” he said.

“Since us­ing it I have picked up de­cay ear­lier than I pre­vi­ously would have.”

Call Cottes­loe Den­tal on 9384 1644.

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