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
"I have a Maryland bridge, something I have been stuck with since I was a teenager because I was born without my lateral incisors. I had a great dentist in PA, but over the years in Petoskey, MI - I failed to find one that I felt comfortable with and/or had confidence in while working on my bridge. I did some research and stumbled upon Dr. Yancho and his crew. My first appointment last spring was amazing. Everyone was so kind. I could NOT be more happy, so much so, that I ended up sticking with Dr. Yancho and his team for my cleanings. Even though I do not have a lot of money as I struggle to get through my final years in school, they treat me like I am equally as important. Allie took the time to figure out payment options for some cavity work, and never made me feel bad for it. I felt my bridge faltering last week, so I e-mailed the office that night and received an immediate response from Dr. Yancho and a call from Denise first thing the next morning. She got me in less than a week later. Then, as I was brushing my teeth last night, the whole thing fell out. I called Denise and without any question, got me in today. I had some bad experiences with my bridge work - today...my anxiety was completely quashed. Dr. Yancho did a fantastic job! He explains everything he is doing, why he is doing it and even stopped to make sure what he was doing was the best option for me. Plus, he makes sure at every step I was not uncomfortable. From Denise, to Allie, Rachel, Erin, and Melanie - I cannot be more thankful for making me feel so comfortable. The 90 minute drive to see all of you is absolutely worth it. It is rare to find so many fantastic team players in one place."- C.B. / Google / Dec 05, 2019
"I have had dental issues my entire life. Dr. Yancho is by far the best dentist I have ever encountered. His practice is guided by what he feels is best for the patient, not predicated by insurance dictates or any third party interests. I was there yesterday and he rebuilt a badly damaged tooth. It looks perfect - I cannot believe how beautiful it looks and how good it feels. I'm 71 and only wish I had encountered him earlier in my life. An absolutely amazing exceptional dentist. I recommend him unreservedly."- S.Q. / Yelp / Jul 19, 2019
"Dr Yancho and his staff are the best ! He helped me with an emergent situation when I had a 'hot' tooth and came in his office to fix it himself!! Dr Yancho is a warm, welcoming person who is very knowledgeable, adept in his field and promotes education for dental students and his patients. He has helped veterans like me tremendously over the years. Much gratitude for him! Best dental practice in Northern MI. !!! I highly recommend him!! He absolutely is the BEST!!!"- N.J. / Facebook / Jun 12, 2019
"Dr. Yancho and his staff are caring and knowledgeable. I have a fear of needles when it comes to my mouth. Dr. Yancho has developed an amazing painless injection technique.Even if I move away from Traverse City, I will continue to return to him for my dental."- P.G. / Google / Jun 05, 2019
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.