We cannot cure what we cannot see, so locating hidden decay before it destroys tooth structure (from the inside out) is a major goal for modern dentistry. The extensive use of fluoride in toothpastes and drinking water has made tooth enamel harder and more resistant to decay. This can make diagnosing decay under the surface more difficult because the decay can start through microscopic defects or grooves and pits in the hard surface enamel and easily spread to the softer dentin beneath the surface. Digital X-rays and checking with an explorer are limited in detecting sub surface decay, especially in its early stages. To achieve this, Yancho Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Traverse City, MI always includes state-of-the-art equipment, like the KaVo DIAGNOdent Cavity Detector. The DIAGNOdent allows board-certified dentist, Dr. Phillip Yancho, and his staff hygienists to monitor areas beneath the hard enamel. This laser scans your teeth with a harmless, pain-free red light that searches for hidden decay.
"Phillip C. Yancho, D.D.S., Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, Traverse City, is more than a name or a dental practice. It is the gold standard of service, treatment, and care. From our very first phone call to the on-going dental experience, we are always in the hands of a friendly, professional family. Dental hygiene, education, and a spectrum of dental care give us good health. Even the front and back office staff are the best.Having relocated several times, we are delighted to have found a practice that uses not only the latest technology and diagnostics, but also engages the friendliest professionals among all our medical and service providers. In Traverse City, a mecca for excellent medical services, that is high praise."- R.H. / Google / Mar 17, 2017
"The entire team has been outstanding. Such an incredibly skilled group of dental professionals. Thanks for the care you provide our family & friends."- A.K. / Facebook / Mar 09, 2018
"They are one of the most caring offices I've ever been to. Dr. Yancho even came in on a Saturday when one of my older crowns fell off. I have very sensitive teeth and they go out of their way to make me comfortable any time I've had to come in. I would recommend Dr. Yancho and his staff to anyone who is looking for a dentist. They truly make you feel like family."- G.S. / Yelp / Feb 15, 2018
"Our family has enjoyed the professionalism and exceptional care of Dr. Yancho and his staff for over 24 years! My kids grew up loving their dental visits here which was a far cry from how I grew up, always filled with anxiety and fear about seeing the dentist. The kindness and gentleness of Dr. Yancho’s care put my fears to rest and now I actually look forward to going to the dentist! Forever grateful to him, for his generosity and quality of care, it just can not be adequately expressed in a review. You must visit to experience the difference!"- B.K. / Facebook / Jan 18, 2018
"I have been going to Dr. Yancho since I was pregnant and my son is now 30. His office is cutting edge and I can't even imagine going anywhere else. Initially I found him when I moved to Traverse City and his add stated he catered to cowards. That was me then, now I have no fear of the dentist."- L.M. / Yelp / Dec 20, 2017
What to Expect
The DIAGNOdent is useful on adult and baby teeth. It provides instant feedback on the health of a tooth. A pen like probe glides over the tooth and constantly checks for decay. A number scale and an alarm signals the dentist when there are signs of decay hidden from view. This process is completely safe and pain free.
A decayed tooth found in this manner can be restored with a very small filling. The smaller a filling is, the longer it lasts and the less expensive it is to repair, which is a win-win situation for the patient and their teeth. We encourage regular dental check-ups, cleanings and home care.
Plan Your Procedure
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Catch Cavities Early
Early detection of problems minimizes the entire process related to major tooth repair and potential discomfort associated with larger cavities. New technologies move us a giant step forward to helping patients achieve the goal of minimally invasive dentistry. We proudly use the DIAGNOdent in our Traverse City dentist office to catch small problems painlessly, while they are still simple and inexpensive to repair.