How Laser Cavity Detection Can Save Your Smile
Even with the best possible care, tooth decay can affect us all. Traditionally, tooth decay wasn’t identified by dentists until it became a serious problem, as metal instruments were used to assess the integrity of the teeth, and wouldn’t detect any issues until the tooth was in an advanced state of decay. Now, cosmetic dentists can now use advanced laser cavity detection technology to locate sources of tooth decay before they become an actual physical problem. Laser cavity detection is often used along with X-ray imaging and visual checks so that your cosmetic dentist can get a full picture of the state of your teeth.
Once the cosmetic dentist has cleaned and prepped your teeth for the procedure, a light wand is used to apply the laser light. Laser cavity detection uses fluoroscopy to scan the surfaces of your teeth, checking for cracks or breaks in the enamel which could lead to tooth decay later. The light from the laser will easily penetrate a healthy tooth; if the light cannot penetrate a tooth, that could be an early sign of damage or decay. This information is fed back to the dentist via a control unit attached to the laser itself. Your cosmetic dentist will then be able to see issues in real time and can develop a treatment plan straight away.
When laser cavity detection is used, tooth decay can be discovered sooner, which means that you’ll have more treatment options available. Instead of having to deal with repeated fillings, crowns, or even extractions, you could be able to keep your tooth or teeth because the decay was found and treated at the earliest opportunity. This method of treatment also preserves more of your enamel.
By detecting cavities as early as possible, you can ensure that you keep your teeth and gums healthy, as well as preserve your smile. Contact our team of cosmetic dentists today to see if laser cavity detection is right for you.