Over the last 44 years in dentistry, I have seen a lot of improvements in the field. Cavity detection is one such area. Radiographs (X-rays) have gone digital. We take them with a sensor rather than film (which helps lessen our environmental impact), and you can see the results instantly on a computer screen; with the help of other digital improvements, dentists can see problems earlier and be more exacting in their diagnosis. Intraoral photography, translumination, and caries-dye also provide better detection. In addition, AI (artificial intelligence) is creating algorithms that can accurately predict where and when new cavities will develop. Of course, prevention is the best way to avoid cavities, but if they do appear, we can easily fix them. And, with state-of-the-art ceramic fillings, your teeth will look beautiful and natural. It’s an exciting time to be a dentist!
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