Tooth cavities affect both children and adults and are one of the most common dental problems treated by Dr. Blaylock in his Durham County dentist office.
Tooth decay is caused by a buildup of plaque. Plaque is a sticky substance that builds up on your teeth and contains lots of bacteria. When you eat, the bacteria in plaque will use the sugar and starch found in your food to produce an acid. This is what attacks and erodes the tooth enamel.
As the tooth enamel breaks down and wears away, it leaves the tooth susceptible to the formation of dental caries. This is why it is so important to remove plaque from your teeth every day with a daily oral hygiene routine. There are also places on your teeth where a toothbrush cannot reach. This plaque must be removed by professional teeth cleaning at a dentist office. If you do begin developing tooth decay, it’s imperative to locate it in the early stage where treatment is easy and less painful.
Dr. Blaylock is an experienced restorative dentist in Durham, NC. He has incorporated some of the latest dental technology into his dental office to provide more accurate screening and diagnosis for common dental problems such as tooth cavities. Dr. Blaylock uses laser light technology to spot developing cavities at the earliest stages before they begin to cause tooth pain or significant damage.
Laser Cavity Detection: How Does It Work?
Laser cavity detection is quick and painless, performed during a thorough examination of the teeth and gums. The laser light reflects differently on the surface of a tooth that has decay inside, alerting Dr. Blaylock to the presence of bacteria that may be hidden deep within a small crack or crevice on the surface of the tooth.
This pen-like device will glide gently over the surface of your teeth checking the health of each tooth. Without the use of laser technology, tooth decay is generally not visible until more significant damage has occurred.
Laser cavity detection enables our dentist in Durham to discover tooth cavities earlier, and address them earlier with conservative treatments. This modern dental technology is able to spot a cavity where a dental x-ray could not. This can ultimately save patients the time, money, and discomfort of more extensive dental treatments to treat a severely decayed tooth.
Preventing Tooth Cavities
There is a wide range of causes for tooth decay and cavities, but poor dental hygiene and a lack of routine dental care are two of the main reasons patients develop these dental concerns.
Dr. Blaylock emphasizes the benefits that preventive care visits twice per year provide for lifelong dental health. Routine preventive care enables him and his staff to spot tooth decay and gum disease in the early stages. If you have particular lifestyle habits that may put you at greater risk for tooth decay, discuss your concerns with your dentist in Durham at your next visit. He and his staff can recommend appropriate at-home oral hygiene to keep your smile healthy between visits.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Laser Cavity Detection an extra cost?
No. It does not cost extra to get high-quality laser cavity detection services at Dr. Blaylock’s office. It is just an added benefit of visiting Dr. Blaylock for all of your family’s dental needs.
Is laser dentistry painful?
No. Laser dentistry eliminates the need for invasive probing and is a pain-free dental service. Dental lasers can help detect issues with pinpoint accuracy, can provide painless treatments, reduce downtime, reduce swelling, and more.
Is laser dentistry safe?
Laser dentistry is very safe and has been used for many years in dental practices around the country. Dental lasers rely solely on light energy to perform diagnostics. Therefore, there is no risk of radiation exposure. Dr. Blaylock ensures that your dental experience is both safe and effective.