It is a known fact that the earlier you treat a cavity, the better it is for your overall oral health. Unfortunately, the only way for our doctor – and our patients – to know about a cavity is when it has already formed and started to cause damage to your teeth and gums.
At least that was how it was in the past. Now with advances in dental technology, we can detect cavities earlier than ever before.
Using a technique known as laser cavity detection, we can spot cavities that are starting to form on the surface of your teeth. These cavities were virtually undetectable with previous technology.
Laser cavity detection relies upon laser light to detect structural changes that are occurring to your teeth. Using a small, handheld device, laser light is directly shone onto your teeth. That same device will measure the amount of light your teeth shine back, which is then used to determine if cavities are present.
If your teeth are healthy and clean, the laser light will not shine through and the readings on the laser cavity detection device will be extremely low. However, if your teeth shine back the light, it is a good indicator that cavities are either already forming in that area or will in the near future.
When the laser cavity detection indicates an area may be susceptible to cavities or already have a cavity, we will recommend our patients do one of two things. We may recommend our patient treat the area with conservative, safe fillings or undergo preventative dental therapies, such as sealants or fluoride treatments.
Chehalis Dental Care is proud to use this diagnostic tool in our day-to-day practice. It allows us to provide our patients with the best dental care possible, as we are able to quickly diagnosis cavities and come up with a treatment or preventative plan that will keep improve your oral health.