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How do you examine for decay?

When we examine a patient's mouth, we look for decay with several techniques including visual inspection of teeth under microscopic loupes, use of dental explorers to feel for decay, and x-rays to help determine interproximal decay. We also use the latest FDA approved Soprolife. This special instrument utilizes enamel fluorescence, which will display both healthy and unhealthy enamel and dentin on our computer screen. This allows us to diagnose decay at earlier stages, as well as save tooth structure when removing decay. To learn more about Soprolife technology, visit their website here.