Detecting Cavities Early with Laser Technology

best dentist Long IslandDid you know that laser technology can be used in dentistry to reveal cavities in their earliest stages? While this revolutionary technology seems like it belongs in a science fiction movie, it is available to patients in our area. With DIAGNOdent, a laser light is used to detect early stages of decay so that our team can repair teeth as conservatively as possible. With advanced technology and the best dentist in our area, North Shore Restorative & Implant Dentistry is honored to provide comprehensive oral healthcare to our patients.

Cavities and Tooth Anatomy

Cavities develop when bacteria are able to eat through the soft, vulnerable structures of teeth below the enamel surface. Decay occurs when tooth enamel is damaged or weakened. Tooth decay is so common that estimates from the Center for Disease Control show that up to 99% of the U.S. population will be affected by cavities. While teeth are made of mineralized structure similar to bone, teeth cannot regenerate once they have been damaged. Since teeth cannot regenerate new tissue, decay must be professionally treated to prevent further damage and restore the tooth’s shape and size. When decay occurs, restorations such as fillings or crowns are a necessity to enjoy optimal oral health.

Early Cavity Detection Saves Patients Money

The earlier a cavity is detected, the more conservatively it can be treated. For example, if a cavity has gone untreated, the decay can spread to the root canal and ultimately require root canal therapy and/or the placement of a custom crown. Early stages of decay, however, can be treated with fillings. Used for small areas of decay, fillings prevent further damage while allowing our team to retain as much tooth structure as possible. Compared to other restorations and endodontic therapy, fillings are much cheaper.

DIAGNOdent works by emitting laser light at a specific frequency to illuminate a decayed area. The laser will then send signals to a digital monitor to estimate the degree of decay present. With the use of a laser, cavities can be detected before they are visible to the trained eye or in X-rays.

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