Traditionally, dentists have found cavities by probing a patient’s teeth with fine picks and by taking X-rays often. However, this method only allows dentists to detect 57 percent of cavities. If not found and treated early, cavities will need large fillings to repair then. This can weaken the tooth structure and cause a cycle of dental problems. For more accurate cavity detection, Dr. Armstrong and Dr. Tant use computerized early cavity detection in Jacksonville, North Carolina.
Computerized cavity detection devices use light and a calibration device to find cavities in their earliest stages. This technique does not involve X-rays. Instead, a painless, laser-like light is shined onto each tooth. A computer determines if there is a cavity and the size of it. Computerized early cavity detection is incredibly accurate. Early cavity detection keeps teeth decay from growing and becoming more severe. The problem can be treated when it is still small, preventing additional dental problems in the future. In some cases, our dentists can even prevent cavities using computerized early cavity detection. When weak areas are found, fluoride can be prescribed to prevent decay from occurring.
We welcome you to contact our dental office today to learn more and to schedule your next visit with our dentists.