The Prevalence of Cavities in the US
Our mouths are constantly exposed to various foods that get stuck in our teeth. These leftover particles are consumed by bacteria, being released as acid in the mouth, which causes extensive damage to the outer layer of the teeth—called the enamel.
The acid, food debris, and saliva mix to form plaque, which causes damage to the inner layer of the teeth—called the dentin. The acid and the plaque create holes in the teeth which are called cavities.
Dental caries or dental cavities are quite prevalent in the United States. Over 90% of adults between the ages of 20 and 65 have had tooth decay that’s caused by cavities at some point in their lives.
Laser-Assisted Cavity Detection
If dental cavities aren’t detected immediately, they can cause major damage to the teeth. Traditional methods of detecting cavities include manual probes to check for soft spots or dental x-rays.
However, because cavities are usually quite small, these methods are only about 50 to 75% effective. As a result, cavities often go unnoticed until the patient feels discomfort and the tooth has suffered severe damage.
Laser-assisted cavity detection is a revolutionary technology that offers accurate, quick, and non-invasive detection for even the smallest cavities.
The laser diode measures the fluorescence and reveals the areas with the highest levels of fluorescence. It also detects weakened enamel to prevent cavities from forming in the first place. By detecting cavities in their earliest stage, laser-assisted cavity detection helps prevent tooth decay and the resulting harm and discomfort.
How Laser-Assisted Cavity Detection Can Benefit You
Laser-assisted cavity detection is truly valuable in the promotion of good oral health and prevention of dental problems. It offers various benefits to patients, including:
- Avoiding pain and senility in the teeth from cavity and decay
- Avoiding the need for fillings or crowns
- Promoting healthier teeth due to early detection
- Reducing the need for cavity treatments, saving a lot in dental fees
- No need for unnecessary X-rays
- Quick and non-invasive process
Laser-Assisted Cavity Detection at Copperhill Smiles
At Copperhill Smiles, we embrace the latest technological advancements in the field to provide the highest quality of care to our patients. Our laser-assisted cavity detection can pinpoint even the smallest cavity or area of weakened enamel to ensure the health and longevity of your teeth.
Schedule a consultation with our dental experts in Santa Clarita today to benefit from the power of laser-assisted early cavity detection.