For the sweet tooths, occasional snackers, and soda hounds alike, cavities are the most widespread and immediate consequence of those irresistible, sugar-caked vices. Even the most tempered can run into cavities occasionally. In accordance to the World Health Organization, a huge 60 – 90% estimated of worldwide school children have had cavities, and every single adult on the planet has had at least one as well. As a result, taking up preventive measures against cavities could save a lot of time and toothache for a lot of people. With up and coming technology developed by Toronto’s York University researchers, cavities can be detected far earlier than other conventional methods with infrared inspection, allowing for much quicker and smoother treatment.
Present methods utilizing X-rays and visual inspections rely heavily on the advanced stages cavities create, scanning in particular for tell-tale grooves and marks. However, the infrared method can detect cavity-causing lesions eight days before any actual visual cues develop, saving the hassle of drilling out decay and filling in the cavity. To find the cavity so early, dentists use a simple laser system and a low-cost, low-intensity infrared camera to beam specific wavelengths of the infrared spectrum into the mouth of the patient. The absorption of these precise wavelengths are what allow dentists to find these lesions without relying on visual cues.
More importantly to consumers, the proposed implementation of this new technology will allow for not only faster detection at the dentist office, but also faster detection using iOS and Android mobile devices. Commercially available thermal detection imaging attachments can reveal cavities to in-home users, saving the hassle of showing up to a screening completely and allowing patients to receive treatment immediately.
Cavities themselves occur from periods of tooth decay, which is damage resulting from acid eating away at the enamel of the tooth. Tooth decay can dig further past the enamel into the layer called the dentin, and if the acid reaches a ways past the dentin toward the center of the tooth, or the pulp, chronic pain and permanent tooth damage is sure to result.
Until this new infrared technology is readily available to consumers, a trustworthy, experienced dentist is the most effective way to find and treat cavities before they become a problem. Dr. Mott brings more than twenty-five years of experience and expertise to the table, proving why he is the most recognized Shreveport Dentist. Flexible, efficient, and precise, his patients always know they are in good hands.
The last thing people should do with a cavity is wait. Contact Dr. Mott today!