Our laser cavity detection process is entirely painless and state-of-the-art. Cavities are formed when bacteria erode enamel, softening it during each progressive step until a cavity is formed. Using a sophisticated laser, Dr. Robert Harrell can identify soft spots in your teeth and take a measurement of their depth. This information provides a detailed description of how advanced tooth decay has become and whether or not restorative treatment is needed. During each visit, Dr. Harrell can take measurements of your trouble spots and determine when and if it is necessary to treat the cavity.
There are several advantages to using laser cavity detection. First, because the formation of cavities can be identified early, Dr. Harrell can provide detailed instruction on ways to slow the formation of a cavity. In addition, laser detection makes it easier to pinpoint and treat cavities before they become painful. Perhaps best of all, the early identification made possible by laser cavity detection results in smaller fillings. Needless to say, preserving natural tooth material is a top priority, and when cavities are detected early, fillings can be up to 70 percent smaller.
What is Tooth Decay and How Can You Prevent Cavities?
Teeth are at the mercy of many environmental factors, the biggest of which is our diet. Sugars and acids are the primary catalysts behind tooth decay, as they provide suitable surfaces for plaque to attach and grow. That being the case, it is essential to brush your teeth thoroughly at least twice a day. Furthermore, you can negate the effects of sugary or acidic foods by simply rinsing your mouth with water or mouthwash after each meal. The longer these substances have contact with enamel, the more damage they are able to inflict. By rinsing after meals, you can greatly reduce the amount of damaging compounds that lie dormant on your teeth.
Flossing, of course, is another mainstay of good oral hygiene. It is best to do this at least once a day, as it helps remove plaque from areas that your toothbrush and mouthwash cannot reach.
Periodic teeth cleaning also goes a long way in keeping your smile bright and healthy. The hygienists at Adult Dentistry of Ballantyne can provide a comprehensive cleaning that will protect your teeth and leave your mouth feeling fresh.
Even if you practice good oral hygiene, Dr. Harrell can use laser cavity detection to monitor the health of your teeth and identify potential cavities long before they become troublesome. It goes without saying that nobody wants to experience dental pain, and this technology makes it possible to treat your dental issues before you even know they exist.
To schedule a comprehensive dental exam, including laser cavity detection, call or email Adult Dentistry of Ballantyne today. If you are considering cosmetic work, contact us about a free, no-obligation smile consultation with Dr. Harrell. During your consultation, a complimentary digital smile preview (an $85 value) will be created to show how you will look when your treatment is complete.