Laser Decay Detection | Dentists in Waterford MI
Tooth decay is a serious dental problem that needs to be addressed as soon as possible by your dentist. Although it mostly occurs in children, it can affect anyone at any age. Tooth decay is a result of festering bacteria in the mouth. The bacteria combines with food debris, saliva and acids to form a soft, sticky material called plaque. Plaque adheres to the teeth and if not cleaned off the tooth, will begin to wear through the enamel and surface of your tooth. The prevalence of plaque occurs most often on the back molars, where a toothbrush has a harder time reaching. Plaque that is left on the teeth results in tartar, a hard, mineralized substance that can irritate gums and cause gingivitis and periodontitis.
Plaque is the enemy!
Plaque does not need a lot of time to cause damage to your teeth. It begins to formulate on your teeth within 20 minutes of eating food or drinking. The acids with the plaque will begin to melt the enamel, causing cavities. These small holes in your teeth may seem harmless at first, but if they continue to go untreated and unfilled, they will eventually reach a nerve or the gum line, resulting in painful, more complicated dental problems.
Laser decay detection for the best dental care
Stannard & Studt & Wolf Dentistry wants to make sure that each and every one of our patients receives the most up-to-date dental care possible. Our laser decay detection is an important part of our superior dental services. Using a small handheld diode laser, the surfaces of your teeth are scanned, searching for areas of decay. The laser reveals plaque and tartar build-up when parts of the teeth glow under the special light. Healthy tooth material does not glow, allowing the dentists to accurately determine the amount of plaque build-up. Decayed tooth material, however, shows up clearly. Laser decay detection allows us to see forming cavities months or years before they would ever show up on conventional x-rays. This advantage of early detection makes it very easy to catch small dental issues long before they get a chance to become serious problems.