Laser Cavity Detection
Catching decay or cavities on teeth in the earliest stages can help protect your teeth from damage. In the past, cavities were often not found until they were large enough to detect on an x-ray or through a physical exam with a dental explorer. With laser cavity detection, our dentists at Gilreath Family Dentistry can identify even tiny amounts of decay in the earliest stages, helping to reduce the need for fillings and protect your teeth from deterioration.
Initial stages of cavities do not show up on x-rays and often are under the surface, not detectable to the eye. Laser cavity detection goes beyond what can be seen with the naked eye or even x-rays, detecting changes in the tooth through the way it reflects light. A healthy tooth will allow laser light to pass through, but if there is decay under the surface, it can reflect the light, detecting cavities that are not yet noticeable through a physical exam or x-rays. This advanced technology helps our dental team address decay in the early stages, protecting your oral health and reducing the amount of treatment needed to remove decay.
What are the Benefits of Using Laser Decay Detection?
When decay attacks teeth, the common treatment is to remove the decay by drilling and filling the cavity. Every filling impacts the structure of the tooth. The larger the cavity, the more damage to the tooth. With laser cavity detection, decay can be caught in the earliest stages and can often be treated without the need for a conventional filling. The decay can usually be removed during a checkup, saving time, money and preventing additional damage to the tooth.
Regular checkups are important to maintain your oral health. When you choose Gilreath Family Dentistry for your oral health care, you will have access to the latest dental technology, including laser cavity detection during your routine checkups. Contact us to schedule your next exam at our clinic in Marietta.