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Even with the advances of dental technology, it is becoming more and more difficult for dentists to discover cavities in their patient’s mouths. Due to the amount of fluoride in drinking water, American’s have harder tooth enamel than in years past. Tooth decay does not give up however and the decay searches out microscopic tears in your tooth’s enamel to settle and do its harm. Teeth may seem relatively healthy, even using traditional x-rays and digital x-rays, but decay is hiding underneath the surface of the teeth, in hard to detect tiny tears.

Using traditional methods of finding cavities (x-rays and probing with fine picks) is roughly only 57% accurate. There is a new method of cavity detection that is changing this failing system of finding cavities or problem areas; welcome to the new face of cavity prevention . . . laser cavity detection.

Laser cavity detection is proven to be 90% accurate at locating cavities or areas of potential concern. Light reflects differently in a healthy tooth vs. a tooth with decay. Your dentist will use a wand like instrument to beam light onto the chewing surface of your teeth. A read-out will be produced based on the density of your tooth structure creating an accurate calculation of the possibility for tooth decay. In addition to the readout, the laser cavity detector sends out an audio signal to help pinpoint the areas of concern. With the early prevention created by laser cavity machines, dentist’s can sometimes prevent a cavity from ever happening with proper care and treatment. Weak areas of the teeth can be treated with fluoride, or a dental sealant preventing potential cavities from penetrating the tooth’s surface. Cavities are being detected sooner, allowing dentists to treat a small problem before it becomes larger and more intrusive to the health of your teeth. Ask your dental professional if they are using this new form of cavity detection at your dental practice.

Posted on behalf of Crabapple Dental

12670 Crabapple Road, #110
Alpharetta, GA 30004

Phone: (678) 319-0123


Monday: 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Thursday: 7:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Friday: 7:30 AM – 3:00 PM

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Crabapple Dental

4.7 / 5.0

Based on 43 reviews

Aly C.

This dental practice is a gem! The front desk staff are kind, efficient and welcoming. I was pleasantly surprised at the clinical staff’s fantastic bedside manner. Everything was explained in advance and this was very appreciated. My teeth have never felt better! Love, love, love the hygienist that worked with me. She is a rockstar. Thank you to the whole gang!

Caitlin G.

I've been going to Crabapple dental for many years and I can honestly say Dr. Roberts and her team are by far the best. It's hard to find a good dentist that takes the time to get to know you and truly cares about your health. I knew Dr. Roberts was special when she filled a few cavities for me, then called me later that night to make sure I was ok. I feel at home when I'm there and they always treat me so well. Kelly is so wonderful! She takes her time and makes going to the dentist an easy task. I never stress about going because I know she'll take care of me. She is so pleasant and efficient; truly the best experience and I leave feeling great. Both Kelly and Dr. Roberts are so gentle and that is the most important thing to me. Dr. Roberts has the most updated equipment and beautiful office to give the best experience. I travel from downtown to see them because they are the best! Don't hesitate to make an appointment; you won't be disappointed!!

Kim B.

This is by far the most customer focused dental practice I’ve ever experienced. Starting with Dr Roberts and her entire staff! Immediately I felt I was a priority and my anxiety slowly disappeared. She has state of the art technology and is a pleasure to work with!! She contacted me after hours to check on me after certain procedures!! Highly recommend!!!! A very warm and nurturing environment!!

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Crabapple Dental

12670 Crabapple Road, #110
Alpharetta, GA 30004

(678) 319-0123