Today, it is increasingly difficult to detect tooth decay for several reasons. More so, because most kinds of toothpaste and drinking water contain fluoride—this element hardens the tooth enamel. Subsequently, this does not stop tooth decay from spreading underneath the enamel and weakening the teeth structure. For the above reason, even seemingly healthy teeth can have cavity and yet remain undetected for a long time. In fact, tooth cavity may not be evident until one-third of the tooth has been affected. Whereas in the past dentists used fine picks to check for cavity, this method proves ineffective. That being the case, laser cavity detection is more accurate in finding dental cavities.
How Does it Work?
Laser cavity detection mainly uses light to identify decayed teeth. Simply put, light can easily penetrate healthy teeth. On the other hand, light has a difficult time penetrating through dental cavities. To detect tooth cavity, dentists use a light-emitting pen-like gadget to probe your teeth.
When the dentist scans your teeth using this instrument, it analyzes the density of your tooth structure to calculate whether you have tooth cavity. Therefore, when the gadget records increased light wavelengths, your dentist can easily discern the compromised area from the reading.
Through early detection, dentists can help keep cavities at bay. After spotting an area that is vulnerable to cavities, they may prescribe various solutions to stop it in its track. Furthermore, when it is detected before it affects the enamel, dental filling might be an option.
While different laser gadgets may help you detect tooth decay concerns, the main difference will depend on the specific dentist that operates the device. One dentist might decide that immediate treatment is essential after performing laser cavity detection, while another might scan the same area of infection and leave it untreated.
When your dentist recommends a laser cavity detection procedure, you can later discuss the right treatment option that suits you. All in all, early detection can save your teeth. Contact us to book an appointment with a specialist.