Identifying Tooth Decay with Laser Cavity Detection

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Acids produced by bad bacteria in the mouth can gradually erode enamel, the outer layer of teeth. Teeth are left weakened by this demineralization. If weakened areas of teeth are not remineralized, they become permanently damaged and manifest as tiny holes known as cavities.

Early-stage tooth decay can often be reversed with improved oral hygiene and a healthier diet. But advanced tooth decay in the form of cavities needs professional treatment. There have been many technological advances that make cavity detection easier and faster. At River Stone Dental, we’re proud to use laser cavity detection.

Fast & Pain-Free Cavity Detection with Our DIAGNOdent Pen

The DIAGNOdent pen is a small, non-invasive laser we use to find cavities in their early stages. This technology effectively identifies contaminants hidden beneath a tooth’s surface. Healthy teeth reflect less light than a tooth with a cavity. This special laser pen assesses how much light reflects out of your tooth to determine whether there is decay present. While the idea of having a laser pointed in your mouth might feel unnerving, the tool is completely pain-free and radiation-free!

Benefits of Early Cavity Detection

If cavities aren’t found early, they will get worse. Cavities can result in tooth sensitivity, tooth and jaw pain, infection, and even tooth loss. We want our patients to enjoy strong teeth and a pain-free smile, free from the negative effects of cavities! Laser cavity detection helps us identify tooth decay as early as possible so we can recommend appropriate lifestyle changes and professional dental treatment.

Preventive Dental Care in Germantown, MD

Visiting our office for routine cleanings and exams allows us to evaluate the health of your teeth and gums and begin treatment before any dental issues become very serious. With our clinical expertise and advanced technology, like our DIAGNOdent pen, we are able to identify dental disease and create customized treatment plans. Please contact us today if you have any questions or want to book an appointment with our team!

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