Early detection of cavities can prevent the decay from getting worse and creating the need for more invasive procedures. Thankfully, new technology in the field of dentistry has made it nearly impossible to miss a cavity due to the way that it works. This technology is known as CariVu and we are proud to offer this option to you at Ramona Dental Group.

CariVu is a compact, portable cavity detection device that uses patented transillumination technology to show lesions on the tooth that have cavities or cracks. With CariVu, healthy tooth structure appears light while caries, or cavities, appears dark. The resulting images are easy to read understand for patients so they can better understand diagnosis and treatment recommendations.

What makes CariVu unique?

There are many reasons that the use of CariVu make it unique and essential piece of technology that include:

  • CariVu uses transillumination technology that makes enamel appear transparent exposing its structure and the development of any cavities.
  • CariVu images read like familiar X-ray images.
  • CariVu uses non-ionizing radiation which is ideal for children, pregnant women and all patients requiring dental x-rays.
  • The device does not require calibration before each use, and the device reports more of the physical condition of a tooth.

Why Might CariVu Be Used?

Because of the technology behind CariVu, it is often used in the dental office to ensure that diagnosing is done properly. In some cases, decay may be difficult to find, even with an x-ray. CariVu is another tool to help with identifying and treating cavities that might otherwise go unnoticed with a simple exam.

Benefits of CariVu

The light used in the CariVu device is completely safe and free of radiation, making it ideal for all types of patients no matter their needs or health condition. Some of the main benefits of utilizing CariVu in the office include:

  • Early detection of decay
  • Safe, gentle technology
  • Ideal for areas where decay may be missed
  • Noninvasive and highly effective
  • Great for patients of all ages and varying needs

CariVu can be done either while you’re having a cleaning performed by the hygienist or when having an exam done by the doctor. You are also able to view the results of the CariVu screening when it is being performed.

If you are interested in learning more about CariVu, contact us today and one of our helpful staff members will be happy to assist you!