This is where the detective work comes in. We check your mouth for oral cancer, defective crowns and fillings, and new decay. To help us, we use a specialized laser (DIAGNOdent) that detects cavities in their initial stages. We also count on digital x-rays that show decay between teeth and under old fillings—things you can’t see or feel yet. (Digital x-rays use much less radiation than traditional x-rays).
In addition, we use high-powered magnifying glasses or “loupes” that make everything in your mouth look bigger and easier to see. When we wear them, we look like bugs. Bzzz.