What are Hidden Caries?

Hidden Caries are lesions on the teeth, often called as, occlusal dentine caries. They grow in teeth pits or in fissures through tiny enamel defects. Though the exact cause of these hidden caries is unknown, some researchers believe that it could be caused by excessive use of fluorides.

These lesions are hard to detect on routine visual examination, so in many cases dentists miss to identify these caries. However, non-identification can cause problems in the future because they are large enough and de-mineralized enough to be detected through some other forms of examination such as radiographs. These caries are a problem for dentists because it is not easily seen to the human eye, and yet their presence could cause problems in the future for patients.

Though it is hard to detect for most dental clinics, we still want to detect it for you. Since our aim is to provide complete dental care for you and your family, we leave no stone unturned to get to the bottom of this condition. This is why we use the latest tools and techniques to identify this condition, so that it can be treated appropriately.

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What is KaVo DIAGNOdent?

One of the latest tools on the world of dentistry is KaVo DIAGNOdent. This tool helps experienced dentists like Dr. Safarian to detect the presence of these hidden caries in any part of the mouth. It is a battery-operated and microprocessor-controlled display unit that comes with a hand probe made of laser fiber optic material. The advantage with this tool is that it comes with conical shape to easily identify the fissure areas. Also, it can be sterilized at 135 degrees Celsius, so there is no chance for cross contamination.

The biggest advantage with using DIAGNOdent is that it detects hidden caries and hence, removes any doubt in treatment decisions. Moreover, Dr. Safarian and his team of assistants have the expertise to use this tool. Thus, you are in safe hands that can detect the smallest of caries for you.

How Can Irresistible Smiles help?

At Irresistible Smiles in San Diego, we strive to give you a comprehensive dental examination. Using or KaVo DIAGNOdent, we are able to identify hidden caries. We start this process of identification by cleaning tooth surfaces with an air polishing device such as PROPHYflex to completely remove the plague and stains from the fissure regions. The next step is to dry the tooth surface completely, and this followed by a clinical examination with the help of KaVo DIAGNOdent. Based on the readings on the machine, we decide an appropriate course of action for you.

We also follow up with the same procedure once every several months to ensure that these caries are completely removed without leaving any residues behind. At the end of this period, you will no longer have hidden caries in your mouth.

We do all this and more as a part of our commitment to give you the best dental care. Stop by our place to see how we can help you.

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