Saturday, June 28, 2008

Lantis Laser's Dental Diagnostic Imaging System Can Address ADA's Recommendations for Placement of Sealants

OCT Can Provide Diagnostic Imaging Information Needed for Dentist's Confidence in Placing Sealants

DENVILLE, N.J., June 26, 2008 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Lantis Laser Inc. (Pink Sheets:LLSR) (http://www.lantislaser.com), wishes to draw attention to new, recently introduced, clinical recommendations from the American Dental Association Council on Scientific Affairs to assist clinicians in their decision-making process, for the use of composite plastic sealants over very early decay on the occlusal biting surface of teeth in children, adolescents and young adults to stop the disease from progressing.

"Placing sealants on the biting surfaces can stop early decay that is still in the enamel from progressing," pointed out Dr. Craig Gimbel, Executive Vice President of Clinical Affairs for Lantis Laser. "This article mentions that the clinician may be uncomfortable to make the decision to place a sealant because of unavailable adequate diagnostic tools for diagnosis and monitoring to ascertain if the sealant will be placed on top of existing decay in the enamel."

Dr. Gimbel went on to emphasize that, "Presently, the only accepted way to ascertain if decay is present is by recognition of tooth surface color changes, which can be misinterpreted as stains or defects instead of decay or possibly decay when it didn't exist at all." It is well documented that x-rays do not generally have the ability to image very early decay, which is important for the success of this procedure.

It is important to note that the ADA states that clinicians should not obtain radiographs for the sole purpose of placing sealants and should consult the ADA/U.S. Food and Drug Administration guidelines regarding selection criteria for dental radiographs which places limitations due to risk of radiation.

Lantis' OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography) Diagnostic Imaging System(tm) will assist the clinician in making an evidence-based decision to place the sealant because of its ability to image early decay and subsurface enamel changes which is indicative of the demineralization, the first stage in the process of decay.

In addition, it will enable the dentist to monitor the sealed tooth surface area in order to determine that this non surgical method of arresting the decay has been effective. Clinical studies have shown that Lantis' OCT Diagnostic Imaging System(tm) is the only dedicated dental imaging system that can provide evidence for early decay demineralization and then follow the process of remineralizing as the bacteria die under the placed sealant, all without the risk of radiation. The placement of sealants will enable patients to possibly avoid invasive dental procedures, such as fillings, that are associated with later stage decay.

Lantis' OCT Dental Imaging System(tm) is based on novel light-based, bio-medical imaging technology, Optical Coherence Tomography, that enables the dentist to do diagnostic imaging, chairside and in real-time. As the power source is light-based, unlike x-ray there is no harmful radiation. Images can be captured at a resolution of up to 10 times that of x-ray, enabling early detection of decay and detailed examination of microstructural defects.

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