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
"Dr.Yancho makes the dread of visiting the dentist disappear. He takes pride in the patient and I appreciate all he has done for me. Thank you, Dr.Yancho!"- K.O. / Google / Apr 28, 2018
"When our dentist retired and we needed to find someone else, I suggested Dr. Yancho to my husband. I told him that I had only observed top notch dentistry from his office while I've worked as a dental assistant in two specialty offices over the last couple decades. My husband is not only impressed with Dr. Yancho but tells everyone he knows about him if they are looking for superior dental care! Dr. Yancho has a fantastic support staff too!"- K.Z. / Yelp / Apr 24, 2018
"Dr. Yancho and his staff are the BEST! Not only both friendly and professional but they do amazing dentistry too! In my 25 years as a dental professional I've observed many offices and these guys are top notch! You are in great hands here!"- K.B. / Facebook / Apr 24, 2018
"Dr. Yancho and his staff are the BEST! Not only friendly and professional but they do amazing dentistry too! In my 25 years as a dental assistant I've observed many offices and these guys are top notch! You are in great hands here!"- K.B. / Facebook / Apr 24, 2018
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.