Dental Breakthrough Lessens Need for X-Rays, Metal Probes

A technological breakthrough has the power to make dental appointments less intrusive and more pain-free by nixing the need for X-rays and metal probes.

The tool, called Spectra, uses ultraviolet light to pinpoint cavities, tooth decay and plaque. Working in tandem with software, the digital-imaging instrument collects pertinent data and projects images onto a computer.

Dr. Bianka Bidovska Miller, of North Hollywood, has integrated the device into her practice. She said she prefers to use Spectra to track small cavities as opposed to drilling into them, if possible.

"Once we start drilling the tooth," she said, "we are destroying that perfection Mother Nature gives us."


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