Cavities & Disease
Caries Risk Assessment
Caries, also known as cavities or tooth decay, is the most common chronic childhood illness. It generally affects children and youth, but adults are not immune to it either.
A combination of bacteria, acids, food debris, and saliva inside the mouth forms plaque, which results in tooth decay if not removed through proper dental hygiene.
Your Smile Designer dentists are well-versed in diagnosing and preventing these issues, which is why we have a specific plan designed for caries risk assessment.
Our methods include oral examination, digital radiography, transillumination, as well as a laser cavity detection system known as Diagnodent®.
If decay is discovered, we immediately take the necessary steps to solve the problem.
Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer is a very serious problem in the United States, with over 100 new cases discovered every day.
This type of cancer is caused by excessive tobacco and alcohol use, as well as exposure to HPV.
Depending on how long the oral cancer remains undetected, a victim’s survival rate can drop from 90% to 55%. That is why at Smile Designer, we believe that screening for oral cancer is the most crucial procedure for maintaining our patients’ oral health.
During your regular six-month checkup, we will perform a basic oral cancer screening. We also strongly suggest that you schedule an additional appointment for specific oral cancer screening (ViziLite® or VELscope®) once a year.
In addition, if you detect an area of concern in or around your mouth, please contact our dental office immediately.
Recent scientific studies have proven that if detected early, cavities can be reversed.
Because the bacteria by-products that cause cavities are highly acidic, there are ways to eliminate the bacteria and create a neutral-pH environment in which the teeth may be able to remineralize and repair themselves.
To start the cavity reversal process, we can provide our patients with rinses, toothpastes, gums, and candies made of naturally-occurring sweetener Xylitol® meant to naturally harden and remineralize teeth.
For more information about reversing cavities, visit our dental office.
White fillings, also known as dental inlays or onlays, are used for the purpose of fixing a tooth that is cracked or has an old filling that is leaking.
Inlays or onlays are referred to as white fillings, because the material we use is porcelain due to its authentic appearance.
In fact, this procedure is sometimes considered a better alternative to crowns, since we only cut away the unhealthy parts of the tooth in order to install the white filling.
After a total of only 2 visits, your new tooth will become significantly stronger and be able to sustain up to 75% more chewing force.
Visit our office for high-quality white fillings created by our top master ceramists.