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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

Our Patient Reviews

Crabapple Dental

4.7 / 5.0

Based on 39 reviews

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!!

Linda S.

Dr. Roberts and her entire staff are very friendly and professional. Dr. Roberts has a great "bedside manner" and clearly explains what she needs to and why, in a very calming manner. She is a perfectionist in her work, and I can honestly say I've never experienced pain during several crown procedures. I would highly recommend this practice to anyone.

Skyler S.

Every time I walk into Dr. Roberts' office, I feel at home. The establishment is clean and welcoming, and the staff is so friendly! I live in Atlanta, and I still make the trip up to Alpharetta just to go back to Crabapple Dental because I appreciate everything they do so much. They always have the most up to date technology and tools that makes my mouth feel more clean each time I go. Definitely recommend!

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Crabapple Dental

12670 Crabapple Road, #110
Alpharetta, GA 30004

(678) 319-0123