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Carivu Caries Detection Aid

Finding Decay the Easy Way

Woman receiving dental examIdentifying and filling cavities is one of the most important services our practice provides to patients. With enough time, any spot of decay can threaten a tooth's integrity. That makes detection key to preventing a host of potential problems.

Lengthy poking and prodding sessions have been an acceptable, if not very comfortable, part of dental exams for years. However, such methods are only 50 to 75% successful when it comes to detecting decay because cavities have a habit of hiding along fissure lines or inside biting and occlusal surfaces. Visual and mechanical exams are limited to finding only those cavities that are equal to or larger than the probe head.

That's why our team uses the Carivu Caries Detection Aid. This revolutionary tool makes the process more comfortable and comprehensive by helping us find cavities in their earliest stages of development.

Clear Images for Early Care

Carivu uses a handheld wand and fluorescence technology to capture radar-like images of teeth. In these images, healthy enamel appears green while areas of decay appear red. Unlike similar tools, Carivu not only detects decay along chewing surfaces and among fissures and cracks, it also finds decay that's developing between existing amalgam or tooth-colored fillings.

What does this mean for you? It means shallower, simpler fillings that let us preserve more of your natural tooth structure. As a result, you can keep more of your natural smile longer. What's more, Carivu gives us an alternative to x-rays, so you don't have to worry about radiation exposure.