The 411 on Laser Cavity Detection
Laser technology has taken a powerful place in many medical fields. Dentistry is certainly no different. In fact, laser technology has dramatically improved the way we treat gum disease, perform oral surgery and more. Now, lasers are also helping dentists detect cavities. In the past, dental caries were most often diagnosed with x-rays. However, with the modern technology of laser light systems, we can detect tooth decay at a much earlier stage.
What is the benefit? By detecting a cavity early, your dentist is able to provide a much more conservative treatment. In some cases, the cavity may be so early that preventative therapies (such as sealants and fluoride) are implemented to help patients avoid treatment while the dentist simply monitors the affected area.
Laser cavity detection devices are sophisticated instruments that are comfortable for the patient and more accurate for the dentist. These tools provide precise measurements to the dentist so that an appropriate treatment plan can be put in place immediately.
How Does it Work?
Most laser cavity detection tools work by revealing structural changes in the teeth by measuring the fluorescence of each tooth layer after a laser light shines on the teeth. A clean, healthy tooth shows minimal or no fluorescence, resulting in low unit readings. If a tooth has a cavity, the tooth exhibits greater fluorescence and the laser detection device corresponds with a higher reading and audio signal.
At Gilreath Dental Associates, we are proud to offer the latest technology in dentistry to our patients. This means that we can provide dental care that is more comfortable, safer and more efficient than ever before. If you have any questions surrounding our specific laser assisted cavity detection system, please do not hesitate to ask.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Dental Associates