Keeping your teeth healthy means keeping them clean at home and scheduling regular checkups. However, you also need regular dental exams and cleanings. These appointments allow you an opportunity to learn more about your options and brush up on your dental hygiene routine. Dr. Martirosyan works with you to develop a treatment plan and reduce your overall risk. During your checkup, we will clean and examine your teeth. We may use DIAGNOdent laser cavity detection to spot the smallest changes so that we can preserve healthier tooth structure and reduce the risk of more serious cavities.
Diagnosing tooth decay has long been a challenge for dentists. Cavities in hidden areas can be particularly challenging. Thanks to fluoridation, dental enamel is less vulnerable to tooth decay, but the inner surfaces of teeth can still be deeply vulnerable. While we can see and detect external cavities, the hidden decay can be nearly impossible to spot without drilling into healthy tooth structure. Unfortunately, drilling into a healthy tooth leaves it permanently altered. DIAGNOdent laser cavity detection makes this formerly tough job easy.
By using DIAGNOdent laser cavity detection, we can quickly and easily distinguish between healthy tooth structure and decayed tissue. We can look into the pits and fissures of the occlusal or biting surface of the teeth and treat those cavities below the surface without disrupting healthy teeth. Minimally invasive treatments allow us to preserve more of the natural teeth while better diagnostics allow us to avoid over-treatment.
If we do identify a cavity, Dr. Martirosyan uses aesthetic treatment options such as composite resin fillings. These fillings are made to match the natural tooth structure, which means they blend beautifully into your smile without a telltale metallic look. Once the filling has been placed, it can be used just like it always has. You can reduce your risk of cavities and tooth decay by eating a balanced diet, brushing twice a day, flossing daily, avoiding tobacco products and visiting us regularly for cleanings and exams. Call us to learn more about DIAGNOdent laser cavity detectionor to schedule an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Martirosyan.