Why is early detection of cavities so important?

Why is early detection of cavities so important?

laser dentistry dallasIf you have never experienced a cavity, you are definitely in the minority. Cavities are the most common childhood illness, and most dental patients need to get at least one filling from the dentist at some point in their lives.

Patients may not take cavities too seriously because the treatment is so routine at this point, but that doesn’t mean that tooth decay doesn’t have potentially serious consequences if it is left untreated. 

Patients may not take cavities too seriously because the treatment is so routine at this point, but that doesn’t mean that tooth decay doesn’t have potentially serious consequences if it is left untreated.

Because patients are increasingly conscientious about obtaining routine dental care, the easily detected cavities on the biting surfaces of teeth tend to be caught early and treated.

However, cavities can form on areas of the teeth that are obscured from view, such as the sides of the teeth. These cavities tend to be more advanced when they are identified, but laser dentistry can help to pinpoint hidden decay at earlier stages.

Laser dentistry is a valuable tool in the battle against tooth decay. If the cavity becomes large enough, it can spread to surrounding teeth or the bacteria can begin to attack the gums or bone tissue. As decay advances, it can lead to tooth loss or bone loss.

An innovative system known as DIAGNOdent relies on lasers to pick up on the location of areas of minor decay. The decayed enamel reflects the laser light at a different frequency than healthy enamel does, so DIAGNOdent is able to provide a visual image of small, obscured cavities.

In some cases, DIAGNOdent can identify cavities before they would even be visible on an x-ray.

Early detection of cavities can mean the difference between needing a small filling and a crown or root canal or worse. It’s best to preserve as much of your natural tooth material as possible, and DIAGNOdent can help patients do that.

If your dentist finds hidden cavities in the earliest stages, your oral health will benefit.

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