August 15, 2016
Sometimes, not knowing how to solve a problem is just as frustrating – if not more so – than the problem itself. The hassle and irritation of trying to find solutions, only for those solutions to fail, can drive you up the walls.
And all the while, there the problem remains, only growing worse the longer it takes you to find a solution that sticks.
In those occasions, I typically have to slow down and think each step through. Unfortunately, you don’t always have the luxury of taking a break from life in order to deal with everything it can throw at you, and too many important decisions have to be made at the speed of life.
So whether you’re raising a brood of sugar-loving Wyomingites or are yourself the victim of a notorious sweet tooth, dealing with the oral health implications can be as difficult as they are painful – but it’s no excuse to take just a moment to think about the danger of failing to take action.
In my opinion, allowing a cavity to persist at all is too much, but the demands of life and our inherent imperfections can conspire to allow cavities to take root – literally: Given enough time, a cavity with tear a hole straight through the tooth and its pulp, directly attacking the nerve – and what we are left with is a smile in need of serious saving.
By the time this happens, the least of your problems will be cavities; abscesses, tooth decay, and gum disease are but a few of the rogue’s gallery of dental maladies which will invade and ransack your smile. All of that from one little cavity.
You need a Gillette dentist who uses the latest technology which can catch cavities before they even start. Lucky for you, that’s exactly what you’ll get when you’re my patient.
DIAGNOdent Laser Diagnostics
My practice uses a special tool to detect even the smallest beginnings of tooth decay or dental caries – otherwise known as cavities – long before they ever pose a threat to your oral health.
DIAGNOdent uses sophisticated laser-acoustic technology to literally detect issues with your smile at the speed of light. The combination of laser scanning and a sonar-like audio component allows me to digitally map your teeth in real-time.
In other words, I will be able to detect with unparalleled accuracy even the smallest of problems with your smile which even you won’t know about.
The process for getting a DIAGNOdent laser cavity screening is very simple.
First, you must make your consultation appointment (either for you or for a member of your family). From there, I can examine the smile in question, using the DIAGNOdent to discover any hidden signs of tooth decay. Finally, I will recommend a treatment based off of the results of the scan and the unique needs of your individual smile.
Preventive Dentistry Starts At Home
I can’t always be with you to make sure that you are doing everything in your power to make sure that you and your family are brushing twice a day and flossing before bedtime. This responsibility lies with you, but as the old saying goes, “With great responsibility, comes great power.”
You do have the power to make sure that cavities don’t pose a problem to your family’s oral health, because by the time you get to my office, the damage may already be done; it just depends on the patient, and how badly they’ve strayed from the tenets of good oral hygiene.
While a DIAGNOdent laser scan and the treatment which follows will certainly help identify and eliminate problems to your smile before they start, it won’t be of much use if you are seemingly doing everything in your power to undermine your oral health with bad habits (like smoking, excessive drinking, neglecting to brush as often as you should, etc.).
If you can monitor the care that you and yours give to your own smiles on your own time, then you minimize the likelihood that your smile will require some serious work.
And if you are on top of your home dental game, then DIAGNOdent is a perfect compliment to provide you with diagnostic capabilities you just can’t get from your average Gillette dentist.
To make your appointment, call me at (307) 686-1567, or you may request an appointment online by filling out this simple web form.