What Is A "Watch"?
What does it mean when your dentist says, "we're going to watch that" during your appointment? What exactly are we watching?
On every tooth, there is a layer of enamel that's approximately one and a half to two millimeters thick, as depicted in the illustration. When we examine X-rays, we are looking for small shadows that create a funnel-like shape within the enamel. If this funnel-like shape appears on the X-ray, we mark it with a little "W" in the chart, and that's what we mean by "watch."
Once this funnel progresses into the dentin and starts spreading laterally, it becomes a dental issue that requires filling. I hope this video has provided you with a clear understanding of what it means when we say "watch." If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to contact our office.
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The Vernon Dental Centre in Vernon, B.C., is a family-oriented dental practice for all ages. Using advanced techniques and cutting-edge technology, our dedicated team offers cosmetic, restorative, and preventative dentistry in a friendly and caring environment.
Family Dentist Dr. Anthony Berdan’s focus is on excellence and comfort to provide you and your family with the care you deserve. We offer all aspects of general dentistry, from general dental needs to cosmetic restorations and smile whitening. Dr. Berdan welcomes your entire family; from children to the elderly. Here at the Vernon Dental Centre, we are dedicated to treating everyone the way that we would want to be treated.