It’s great news that the incidence of tooth decay has significantly diminished over the years due to the use of fluoride and an increase in awareness of the health benefits of keeping your teeth for life.
However, teeth are still susceptible to decay, infection, and breakage and sometimes need to be restored back to health.
Through Dr. John R. Linstrom's commitment to improved techniques and modern technology, he is able to provide his patients early options for restoring a tooth back to its normal shape, appearance and function. In addition to Dr. Linstrom's use of microscope enhanced dentistry, he uses imaging fluorescence technology.
The Newest in Dental News – IMAGING FLUORESCENCE TECHNOLOGY
Dr. John R. Linstrom uses imaging fluorescence technology that allows him to detect irreversible decay in the grooves and on the surfaces in-between teeth in its early stages. This decay can otherwise be missed by the eyes, the dental explorer (by poking), or by x-rays.
Using the device, light travels through the outer layer of the tooth, or enamel, and excites the dentin, or the inner living portion of the tooth, which in reaction, reflects a light signal named fluorescence. The imaging fluorescence device amplifies and displays, in color, the fluorescence signal sent by the dentin. The color of the fluorescence signal is green when the dentin is healthy, and dark red, when the dentin is infected with irreversible decay. Detecting decay early allows Dr. Linstrom to provide you with a minimally invasive procedure, often with less time, expense, and discomfort than if the decay had progressed causing a larger, deeper cavity in the tooth.
Remember... to keep your teeth for a lifetime, give them the attention they need today!