The news everyone dreads when they visit the dentist, “you have a cavity.” With over three million cases a year in the US alone, 92% of adults aged 20 to 64 have had at least one cavity in their permanent teeth according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.
Our mouth is naturally full of hundreds of types of bacteria; some good, some bad. When the bad bacteria combines with the sugar found in food and drinks, it creates acid that eats away at the teeth over time. In the beginning, the acids begin to damage the enamel which is the outer surface of the tooth. At this point, a white spot may appear which can be a sign of early decay. Thankfully, the damage is reversible at this stage as the enamel can repair itself. However, left untreated the decay process continues until the enamel is destroyed and a hole is formed creating a cavity.
As you can see, detecting cavities early means less invasive treatment is needed, and less damage is done. Thanks to advanced technology, Dr. Kerbel detects cavities far sooner than ever before with a cutting edge diagnostic laser device. This tool allows even the smallest areas of decay to be identified quickly and accurately. It’s completely painless and may even save you money in the long run. If the decay is identified sooner, it can be treated more conservatively, and it prevents the need for more extensive and more expensive procedures that would have been required without the early detection.
For any questions or to schedule an appointment, call Dr. Kerbel’s office at (972) 278-9901 or schedule online.