Niles Family Dentistry is excited to talk to you about our new CariVu technology that takes our diagnostic power to a whole new level! CariVu technology provides Dr. Niles with one of the best Caries Detection Devices currently on the market. Dental caries is the scientific name for cavities–a level of tooth decay we strive to prevent to help you protect and care for your teeth. Traditionally, x-rays have been the tool of choice for getting a look inside at the health of your teeth, but x-ray technology has its limitations. CariVu technology, allows us to easily detect cavities and their exact position and size in your mouth. This new technology is more effective than x-ray imaging and will also eliminate radiation from the imaging process. Learn more about this exciting new technology and learn how it will positively affect your dental care and in-office experience!
The American Dental Association teaches that tooth decay is the “destruction of your tooth enamel, the hard, outer layer of your teeth.” Tooth decay is the first stage of a cavity, which is the most common oral problem people experience. Plaque constantly forms on your teeth from the foods you eat, especially sugary foods. Combined with bacteria in the mouth, the plaque can form an acid that erodes your teeth and attacks the tooth enamel, seeping into the pores in the enamel, where tooth decay will begin. That is why it’s so important that consistent brushing and flossing is done throughout the day as well as avoiding too many sugary foods and drinks. You may notice the presence of a cavity before you visit the dentist if you have a toothache, pain when chewing or sensitivity to hot and cold foods.
During your in-office examinations, we will look for cavities at each dental appointment to help you with your preventative care. We use a dental tool called an “explorer” to look for sensitive areas, pits or damaged parts of the teeth. Our CariVu Technology can help us catch cavities when they are first starting to form.
Many dentists use x-ray imaging to detect cavities. Usually cavities will show up as a dark area on your tooth in these images so a dentist can know where they are located. X-ray imaging uses radiation to take pictures of your mouth, but not all people can be exposed to the radiation from x-ray imaging (such as an expectant mother). Technology has provided new advancements in dental imaging, allowing high-tech images to be produced using near-infrared light instead of radiation to view teeth i.e., CariVu Technology! CariVu technology is an amazing alternative to radiographs (or x-rays).
CariVu technology is a caries detection device that creates more accurate images of the teeth through bathing them in safe, near-infrared light. When this transillumination technology is used, the enamel will appear transparent on our images, whereas porous lesions (a.k.a areas of tooth decay and cavities) will absorb the light and appear dark. We can see inside the tooth to examine its structure and the presence of any dental caries—even ones just forming.
The Benefits of CariVu Technology
The benefits of CariVu technology are that we are able to view each individual tooth more clearly than an x-ray. If a cavity is present, we can see the exact location, size and depth of the cavity, making our work highly accurate. This allows us to treat our patients better and with more precision to insure that cavities are caught early-on and treated. If a cavity is detected early enough, the tooth decay can sometimes be reversed. If a cavity has destroyed the enamel, the cavity cannot be reversed, but we have treatments to fix the cavity and protect the tooth from further damage. This technology is ideal for children, pregnant woman and all those not wanting to be exposed to any radiation from x-rays. We believe this new technology will provide you with even greater treatment to keep your teeth healthy and to prevent cavities from forming and worsening in the future. Call our office today at (303) 652-0400 to learn more about this technology or to set up a checkup with us!