Prevention is the best practice in dentistry. Detecting cavities in their early stages can prolong the life of the tooth. When cavities are filled before they get too large and too deep, it reduces the risk of affecting the nerve. Small fillings have a longer lifetime and do not compromise the integrity of the tooth as much as bigger and deeper fillings. Attending the clinic for a thorough examination of all the teeth every six months allows the dentist to diagnose issues early.
During this routine examination, the dentist will check all surfaces of the teeth, the gum health, soft tissue of the tongue, cheeks, lips, floor of the mouth, and the palate. Diagnostic radiographs will be taken when necessary to confirm that the hidden areas in between the teeth are free of decay.
We are also happy to inform our patients that we have a radiation-free method in aiding the detection of cavities using Near-Infrared Imaging (NIRI) technology by performing an intra-oral scan.