As dental health technology and techniques become increasingly more advanced, it can often seem like what used to be common issues are no longer a big deal. For example, cavities (the product of tooth decay) used to be a significant issue, as they would continue to erode a tooth until the condition became severe. Today, however, tooth decay is largely preventable, and when it does develop, it can be just as easily treated to save the tooth and restore its function. Cavities may never become a complete non-issue, but we can help you prevent it from being a serious issue, or prevent it from forming at all, with the right care and treatment.
Why tooth decay is still a thing
The reason why tooth decay isn’t easily eliminated is because it’s the product of the bacteria that naturally inhabit your mouth. As these microbes cling to your teeth in the form of plaque and tartar, they convert nutrients in your food and beverages into harmful acids that erode your tooth enamel. All it takes for a cavity to form is for your enamel to erode enough for bacteria to slip past it. Once they do, they can infect the tooth with decay and cause a cavity to form as it progresses further.
A better approach to fighting it
The most common treatment for tooth decay is a biocompatible filling, which is designed to fill the cavity in your tooth that decay causes. However, at our office, we can utilize advanced technology to detect the earliest signs of tooth decay, including the weakening of certain areas of your tooth enamel where plaque and tartar have accumulated. For example, the innovative DIAGNOdent system utilizes wavelengths of blue light to highlight weak areas of tooth enamel that aren’t visible to your dentist’s eye. This provides an extremely early detection system that allows you to address the beginnings of a cavity before it becomes obvious.
How modern dentistry prevents it
Before a cavity does develop, you have a better chance than ever of preventing it with the help of consistent dental hygiene practices and routine modern dental care. In addition to the advanced imaging and preventive measures provided by DIAGNOdent, we also offer highly lifelike, biocompatible fillings to treat cavities that have already advanced. Made from composite resin instead of more traditional metal, the fillings are customized to match the color and shade of your tooth, making your restoration nearly undetectable, as well.
Make cavities a thing of the past
Cavities are still a common concern for many people, but modern dental technology and techniques have helped make it nearly a non-issue. For more information, schedule a visit by calling Syosset Dental in Syosset, NY, today at 516-433-2211 or 516-921-6930.