We’re very much in favor of modern technology that allows us to do our jobs better. In the past, we’ve relied on 3 methods of finding cavities and other dental damage: having a look around, poking around a bit with a dental explorer and taking x-rays.
But technology is helping us move forward now. While we get good results with these 3 tried-and-true methods, what if we could see the things we might miss otherwise? And what if we could detect caries earlier and see cracks better? With the DEXIS CariVu intraoral camera, we can now see through the structure of each of your teeth – without ionizing radiation – using transillumination technology.
3 Reasons We Use CariVu Technology
More thorough than a visual inspection, better than probing and superior to bite-wing or panoramic x-rays, the CariVu intraoral camera is a great addition to Brighton Dental in San Diego for these 3 reasons:
1. It gives us greater certainty. We can see more than is possible with current radiograph – or x-ray – technology. This allows us to diagnosis cavities and cracks with greater certainty, allowing us to recommend the most conservative, least expensive treatment to preserve as much of your natural, healthy tooth as possible. Plus, seeing through the tooth before we start a restoration prevents us from getting a surprise once we start that could change our treatment plan.
2. You’ll like the small mouthpiece. The CariVu intraoral camera has a small mouthpiece that you won’t find uncomfortable – but it takes images that are as easy for you to understand as they are for our professional dental team. Healthy teeth appear light while problem areas show up dark. You’ll be comfortable while we gather the images and totally understand the diagnosis and recommendations we make based on them.
3. It’s safe since there’s no ionizing radiation. The CariVu mouthpiece hugs close to each tooth and bathes it in safe, near-infrared light that contains no ionizing radiation. That means this intraoral camera is safe for children, pregnant women, people with health issues and everyone else too.
Another Tool For Enhancing Outcomes
The CariVu intraoral camera is one of several diagnostic aids we have available at our San Diego dental practice. Dr. Paige Woods and our team select the best tools and tests for each situation – in consultation with you. We never do anything in your mouth without your full understanding and consent.
The CariVu camera helps us detect open cavities as well as those just getting started above the gum line and other types of caries and cracks. It also helps us monitor issues already detected. Research has shown that the camera’s images correlate to what’s actually happening with the tooth 99 percent of the time – better stats than with x-rays.
When these images are combined with our team’s years of experience, we form a clear picture of what’s wrong and what we can do to help. Good information means we can formulate a solution that leads to the best possible outcome for your dental, oral and overall health.
Our holistic, biocompatible dental practice aims to help you with excellent tools and the best team available. We’re doing our job well if our patients can smile and eat correctly, have no oral pain and are satisfied with the way they look and feel. Nothing means more than total patient satisfaction.
Lots of dental clinics are stuck using relics of the past, but we’re focused on the future at Brighton Dental. By embracing the best dental technology available today, including the CariVu intraoral camera, Dr. Woods and our team can do the best work and get the best outcomes for you.