DIAGNOdent Laser-Assisted Cavity Detection Technology in Ardmore, OK
At the office of Robert V. Hughes DDS, providing our patients with the absolute best in modern dentistry is one of our main goals. That’s why we’re proud to report we’ve acquired a brand new, high tech tool that allows us to find cavities on the chewing surfaces of back teeth in their very earliest stages -- the same spots that would have been missed by previous detection methods. What’s this exciting new technology called? DIAGNOdent. It’s a high-powered laser that increases the level of dental care your family dentist in Ardmore, Dr. Hughes, offers patients. Continue reading to learn more about the tool and how you can benefit from its use from the dentist in Ardmore.
Early Cavity Detection Key to Healthy Smiles
Just like all other areas of medicine and dentistry, early detection and treatment is of immeasurable value in preserving your overall health. Because tooth decay can result in far larger problems -- like infection and eventual tooth loss -- it’s vital for patients to maintain good preventive care to stop cavities from forming, and to catch and treat them early when they do occur.
A Little Bit About Cavities
Cavities are small holes in the tooth enamel that form when the bacteria and acids from food and beverages aren’t properly removed from tooth’s surface. Sugar is a well-known offender when it comes to tooth decay -- and consuming things like soda, chewing gum, candy and even sweetened yogurts and granola can greatly increase your risk for cavities.
While it's not so difficult to prevent tooth decay with good brushing and flossing habits, cavities can happen to the best of us. When you’ve got a spot of decay, early detection is absolutely vital to a simple, conservative restoration -- and that’s where DIAGNOdent comes into play.
How DIAGNOdent Increases Oral Health
If x-rays let the dentist diagnose cavities in the earliest stages, what’s the point of a technology like DIAGNOdent cavity detection? This pen-like laser painlessly measures the density of enamel on every surface of the tooth, and sends a series of numbers to the chairside computer. We’re able to point patients to the weaker areas of tooth enamel, so they are can focus on these spots during at-home care with the goal of preventing decay before it ever begins. That meant a more conservative treatment was possible, with removal of less of your tooth structure necessary. DIAGNOdent helps us conserve more of your natural tooth, saving you time, discomfort and a lot of stress in the long run!
Maintain Good Preventive Care Habits
It’s really not so difficult to stop tooth decay and infection from happening in the first place. Remember that a good oral hygiene routine demands twice-a-day brushing, daily flossing and regular visits to your dentist. Stay on top of your six month visits to the Ardmore dentist and you and your smile will benefit from truly top-notch preventive care. Dr. Hughes and our whole team are happy to offer laser dentistry to Ardmore and surrounding areas. Call us to schedule your appointment today!