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Can Lasers Detect Tooth Decay?

Posted on 11/23/2015 by Dr. Wagle
A dentist holding a dental laser used to detect tooth decay!Laser technology is becoming increasingly common in dental practices. While this might not be big shock, many people are surprised to know that lasers can also be used to detect tooth decay. Handheld devices using lasers can actually find areas of decay that are not yet visible and would not be diagnosed with conventional methods.

What Can You Expect with Laser Technology?

When laser technology is added to your traditional dental exam, you can expect a variety of great benefits:

•  Improved detection of early cavities
•  Reduced size of fillings, potentially reducing the cost of your treatment
•  Fewer total fillings in your mouth
•  Less need for exploring teeth unnecessarily when they are expected to have a cavity

How Does Laser Technology Work?

Lasers are a noninvasive technology that can be used to scan the structure of the teeth. A healthy tooth will reflect light back differently than a tooth that has decay, so using this technology can detect weather decay is present simply by viewing the level of fluorescence that a tooth displays. The higher the fluorescence, the more advanced the level of decay is.

Why Is Laser Technology Important?

Tooth decay is sometimes difficult to detect, and in some cases, it can be invisible to the naked eye. Unfortunately, early detection is key when it comes to treating these issues, so the longer that decay is able to sit without treatment, the more difficult it can be to actually fix the problem. In some cases, the decay may progress to the point where it can no longer be treated, and the tooth will need to be removed.

Before laser scanners were available, dentists relied on X-rays to find tiny dental cavities, but these treatment options weren't always reliable. Laser technology has a much greater accuracy rate when it comes to detecting suspicious areas, and the end result is less loss of tooth structure and greater cost savings.

Please contact us if you have any questions about laser technology.

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