Dental technology is constantly evolving, and a new tool called the Spectra caries detection aid is making it easier for dentists to detect tooth decay in its early stages.
The Spectra caries device is a portable device that uses the fluorescent light of the purple range to detect changes in dental enamel, which may indicate the presence of caries. Under the influence of radiation, metabolites of cariesogenic bacteria begin to glow red. Healthy enamel has a green hue. The shades of the glow are captured by highly sensitive optical sensors and converted by special software and displayed on the computer screen.
Thus, dentists can detect caries, which is not yet manifested by the destruction of enamel. So you can stop the caries process in the early stages and prevent the need for more invasive treatment methods such as filling, and especially the treatment of root canals, because the tooth saved in this way will most likely have to be removed in a few years.
Dr. Jane Smith, a dentist who has been using the Spectra device in her practice, says that it has been a game-changer.
“The Spectra device allows us to catch tooth decay earlier, which means we can treat it more conservatively and potentially avoid more extensive treatments,” she said. “It’s also great for patients, because it means they can avoid more invasive procedures and maintain their natural teeth for longer and never know what unpleasant dental procedures can be unpleasant.”
The Spectra caries detection aid is just one example of how technology is transforming the dental industry. Other new tools and techniques, such as 3D printing and digital scanning, are also changing the way dentists diagnose and treat dental problems.
As these new technologies become more widely available, it is likely that more and more dentists will incorporate them into their practices, improving the quality of care and outcomes for patients.