Archive for September, 2012

Detecting Cavities Early with Laser Technology

Tooth decay has maintained its status as one of the most common dental diseases for many decades. In fact, as we emphasize preventive dentistry, our dentist is dedicated to eliminate and prevent tooth decay.

This disease, also known as caries or cavities, can attack and damage the teeth at any age, and can progress deep within the tooth without causing and sensitivity or discomfort. It is unfortunate that, in many cases, by the time a cavity begins to cause pain, it has damaged the nerve within the tooth. In order to save a tooth in this condition, it is often necessary to perform a root canal procedure, place a crown, or completely remove the tooth. 

The Diagnodent laser can measure the density of the enamel to target the areas that have been weakened by cavities.

To prevent any discomfort and eliminate the disease as early as possible, routine dental exams are a vital part of your healthcare regimen. During these visits, Diagnodent® laser technology can be used to detect the very earliest signs of tooth decay. Even before a cavity can be visualized on an x-ray or with the naked eye, it can be identified with the help of a specialized laser.

The Diagnodent laser can measure the density of the enamel to target the areas that have been weakened by cavities. In some cases, the deep grooves and crevices that are found on the biting surface of the teeth can conceal tooth decay. These areas may become stained and discolored, making it difficult to diagnose a true cavity. With advanced laser technology, even these suspicious areas can be properly evaluated and then treated appropriately.

With early detection, tooth decay can be treated in the most conservative manner possible. Your fillings can be relatively small, as minimally invasive filling techniques can be employed and more of your natural tooth can be preserved.

Your dentist helps to aid you in the fight against all dental diseases and offer the treatment hat is best for your health. With the help of advanced technology, you can be assured that you are indeed receiving the care that you deserve.

To schedule your next dental examination or to learn more about Diagnodent laser technology, contact our team of dedicated dentists at Balcones Family Dental, serving North Austin and neighboring areas, today to schedule an appointment.

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Am I Too Old For Braces?

Invisalign Cedar ParkMany adults struggle with the thought of getting braces. Though you may understand the advantages of straightening your teeth, you may feel that you have missed your window of opportunity when it comes to braces.

This dilemma is certainly understandable. Your dentist has informed you about how straighter teeth can improve your appearance, reduce the risk of gum disease, and relieve the symptoms of TMJ. Yet, you have no desire to struggle with brackets and wires, orthodontic checkups, or the adolescent appearance of braces.

For adults who wish to address their orthodontic needs as well as preserve a certain level of comfort and esthetics, Invisalign is the solution. Without any metal attachments, your dentist can guide your teeth into a more ideal position to achieve the same goals attained by traditional braces.

A wide range of orthodontic conditions can be corrected with Invisalign, including overbite, crowding and spacing. In a revolutionary process, and with the help of customized aligners, your teeth can be gently positioned right before your eyes.

Even as you notice the subtle changes in your smile, those around you will never have a clue about your orthodontic treatment. That’s because your aligners will be crystal-clear and nearly invisible as you speak and smile. These state-of-the-art appliances are also ultra-thin, and designed to offer both comfort and strength. As your new smile develops, your dentist will provide you with a new series of aligners until the process has been completed.

Throughout your treatment, you’ll visit the dental office periodically for a brief evaluation of your progress, and then you’re back to your normal lifestyle in no time at all.

As an adult, you’ll appreciate the predictability of the Invisalign process. At the start of your treatment, you’ll be able to view a three-dimensional representation of each phase of your treatment plan, including a visual image of the final result. This provides an opportunity for you to communicate your expectations regarding your goals and main concerns.

You may feel that you are too old to live with braces, but you are never too old for a beautiful smile.

If you are interested in pursuing the Invisalign treatment and would like more information on the next steps, call Balcones Family Dental, serving Cedar Park and surrounding areas, at 512-200-7422 to schedule a consultation.

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