Have you ever had a dentist find a cavity and place a large filling, and wondered why the filling is so large if the cavity wasn't there just six months before? The cavity was there six months before – it just wasn't big enough to show on X-rays, and it wasn't visible to the dentist yet. Using special fluorescence technology, SOPROLIFE can find cavities years earlier, when the small cavity can be removed and repaired with a small invisible bonded filling. Sometimes patients complain of tooth sensitivity, or mild to severe pain, yet X-rays and examination cannot pinpoint the source. Patients are often given sensitivity toothpaste to deal with the problem. Sometimes, dentists have to perform root canals to get the pain or sensitivity to stop, when the actual source turned out to be undetectable decay. SOPROLIFE can find previously undetected decay and, once identified, allow us to remove the discomfort and leave you with a healthy smile.
Cavity detection is a multi-pronged process that we undertake with great thoroughness. X-rays and fluorescent technology help a great deal in finding decay, but we don't rely on those alone. Clinical exploration means we examine each tooth with instruments and our experienced eye and touch as well. These approaches combine to ensure we help you maintain maximum oral health.
Questions about cavity detection? Give us a call today at (520) 327-1205.