Even with daily brushing and flossing, cavities can make their way into our teeth. In fact, some people are more likely to get cavities than others just due to the genetic makeup of their teeth. Cavities are one of the things people dread most about going to the dentist, because the procedure has a reputation for being painful. In the past, dentists used x-rays or simply their dental pick to find cavities in people’s mouths. Typically a cavity has to be pretty well established to be detected with these methods alone. That’s why we’ve turned to modern techniques in combination with x-rays and exams, to detect cavities at an earlier stage. Here are some of the benefits of high-tech cavity detection:
- Our dentists and hygiene team use a DIAGNOdent laser to detect cavities. The laser allows the Gilbert dentist to detect cavities that are nearly invisible to the untrained eye. Weaknesses in the teeth have fluorescence when the laser is pointed on the tooth, alerting the dental team to a possible issue.
- The biggest benefit to finding a cavity at an early stage is that it protects your teeth from further decay and more extensive dental procedures.
- Many times cavities go unnoticed or unfilled until they reach a more advanced stage. At this stage, the cavity may reach the nerve endings and will require anesthesia in order to be filled, otherwise it could be incredibly painful. This typically comes in the form of an injection or even gas, and that is often what people are so afraid of. High-tech detection allows us to detect the cavity before it reaches that point so we can fill the cavity or strengthen the tooth without having to use any anesthesia at all.
- Our primary goal with dental care is to prevent issues before they cause major problems. That is why dentists suggest brushing and flossing daily as well as scheduling routine cleaning exams at least twice per year. This technology aligns with our desire to prevent issues like cavities before they get worse and require more extensive and invasive treatment.