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
"Retiring to Traverse City from downstate required finding a new dentist. Dr. Yancho has been just the BEST! I would highly recommend him and his staff to anyone seeking a caring, pain free dental experience. I have had my share of dental work over many years and I can honestly say my experiences here have been the best ever. My three grandchildren go here as well and never complain about going to see Dr. Yancho."- C.L. / Google / Feb 06, 2019
"My wife and I are extremely pleased with our experiences with Dr. Yancho and his staff. We joined their dentistry a couple of years ago based on a private referral. I had an abscessed tooth removed and needed an implant. Dr. Yancho preformed the implant with literally no pain or even discomfort! Bonus - His cost was over $800 less than the estimate from our previous dentist. Also, a had a history of boarder line periodontal disease which made for very painful/bloody cleanings every 6 months. Dr. Yancho recommended a comprehensive treatment plan which I agreed to. I have had 2 cleanings since the treatment completion with no pain or bleeding! My gums are noticeably healthier. (Footnote - I had never even been approached about addressing this with previous dentists other than I needed to brush and floss better). Also, I can't say enough good things about Angie, the dental hygienist that helped me through everything. She has been extremely helpful, making sure I understood all of the details, explaining my responsibilities, all to ensure a positive outcome. It is such a pleasure to have finally found a dentistry that truly cares about our total welfare!"- D.M. / Google / Sep 25, 2021
"Yancho Dentistry is a fantastic dental practice. The staff are courteous and inviting. Dental hygienists are not only professional but demonstrate superior compassion in ensuring that the patient is at ease throughout the procedure. Dr. Yancho is both down-to-earth and extremely passionate about the patient experience. Procedures are explained fully, questions are answered, and patient comfort is top of mind. My family and I live in Kalamazoo and choose Yancho Dentistry in Traverse City for our Dental Health. I’m grateful that Dr. Yancho and his staff are a part my overall health team!"- J.K. / Google / Sep 17, 2021
"Had a crown put on and it was genuinely the best dental experience I've ever had. Everyone in the office is so nice, and Dr. Yancho is just fantastic. I highly recommend him!"- A.A. / Google / Jun 22, 2021
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.