Have you been told that you have cavities?
Cavities are caused when bacteria on your teeth demineralize and destroy the hard outer enamel surface of your teeth. Once the hard enamel is dissolved, bacteria gain easy access into the tooth to feast on the relatively softer second layer called the dentin.
With cavities – the rule is really simple - the earlier you catch them, the better and more conservative the treatment can be! Some cavities that are just on the enamel surface may sometimes be "arrested" with just strict oral hygiene and religious fluoride treatment. On the other hand, cavities that go unchecked eventually turn into teeth that may need very large fillings and crowns, root-canals or even extractions. Cavities can be prevented.
We at Enso believe in prevention. Your teeth are examined every 6 months or more often if needed. Digital x-rays would be taken typically every year to check for small cavities in their early stages. Digital x-rays expose a patient to 80 to 90% less radiation than traditional x-rays. Not only that, the image can be enhanced to look for small surface cavities more closely. We also use a cutting-edge laser device that can aid in detecting cavities not only on the tops and sides of the teeth but also the hard to reach "in-between area" between two teeth. Of-course, a thorough clinical exam, aided by an intra-oral camera is performed at each recall visit, if indicated. To prevent cavities from forming, we teach you the correct brushing and flossing techniques if you so desire. We offer high concentration flouride application to all our patients at each visit. AND – no. Not the old fashioned fluoride rinse stuff that makes some people nauseous. We have newer techniques for delivering high concentration fluoride to your teeth now.
It’s never too late to start taking good care and never too early either! Good oral care begins when your child is an infant. ….even before the little pearly whites have popped-up. Bet you didn’t know that it’s the loving parents who, through their close contact with the child, end up transmitting the cavity causing bacteria to their little babies. Moms with low caries rate tend to have kids with fewer cavities! So, listen up moms-to-be.... give yourselves an oral overhaul and give your baby a leg-up!
If you do have cavities that need to be treated, the treatment of choice can range from tooth colored fillings (composites) to porcelain inlays and onlays. On rare occasions, porcelain crowns may be needed. Tooth –colored fillings (composites) and porcelain inlays and onlays are all relatively conservative approaches. If your cavity involves more than two surfaces, porcelain inlays and onlays are the best options if you are looking for longevity and superior esthetics. Tooth colored fillings (composites) don’t have the same strength and resistance to wear as porcelain inlays and onlays.