All patient exams in our office are performed with a intra-oral camera. This allows you to view your teeth and identify any problem areas. The camera is the size of a dental mirror and enables us to diagnose problems such as cavities, cracked teeth, broken fillings and cavities next to fillings in their earliest stages.
The widespread use of fluoride has made the surface of teeth so hard that the process of dental decay has changed. Cavities are smaller and harder to diagnose. Bacteria can penetrate seemingly intact enamel appearing only as a dark stain. If left untreated, the bacteria can reach the softer dentin layer spreading rapidly with the possibility of reaching the pulp chamber leading to a root canal.