Decay detection

Decay detection

Tooth decay detection in Redcliffe

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What is decay detection?


As with gum disease, dental decay is caused by the accumulation of plaque around and in between the teeth. Plaque is a combination of food and bacteria mixed together to make a thin film that covers your teeth. In this film, the bacteria are feeding on the food and producing toxins and acids. 

Dental decay happens when the enamel and dentine of a tooth become demineralised or softened by an acidic attack from plaque, which causes a cavity, or hole in your tooth.

Decay may not cause discomfort, but even though it might not hurt, the tooth is still deteriorating. Your dentist is able to detect decay at an early stage to prevent excessive tooth damage. 

When cavities are small, they are much easier and cheaper to treat. If left too long, a small cavity could grow enough to need a root canal treatment or even a tooth extraction if the damage is extensive enough.

Decay detection equipment


Early tooth decay is sometimes not obvious and the tooth will still look healthy, but your dentist has the equipment and skill necessary to see whether you have any decay under the enamel.

Now Dental uses high magnification, transillumination technology, microscopes, digital X-rays, 3D X-rays and detector dye as well as Laser Caries Detection Technology (called the Diagnodentr) to see if a tooth has hidden decay. 

Our goal is to provide you with the healthiest, best look smile possible and a great portion of that we attribute to our focus on early decay detection.

Recurrent decay 
(around a restoration)


Progressions
of decay


We use the latest technology to find hidden decay

Call our team today to schedule an appointment with us. We will provide you with a thorough examination of your teeth, gums and mouth and help you on your journey to a healthier, more beautiful smile.
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