A brilliant new approach to cavity detection
DEXIS CariVu™ is a compact, portable caries detection device that uses patented transillumination technology to support the identification of cavities in between your teeth or on the chewing surface. It can also show if there are any recurrent cavities or cracks!
By hugging the tooth and bathing it in safe, near-infrared light, CariVu’s transillumination technology makes the enamel appear transparent while porous lesions trap and absorb the light. This allows Dr. Powell to see through the tooth exposing its structure and the actual structure of any carious lesions with very high accuracy.
Think of X-rays and CariVu as ultimate companion tools for cavity detection.
If Dr. Powell identifies a suspicious area on a radiograph — especially possible decay in between the teeth which can be more difficult to detect — his “second opinion” can be a transilluminated image that reveals the extent of the condition and helps him confidently determine whether it needs monitoring over time or requires immediate treatment.
Since transillumination can show lesions in the beginning stages, using CariVu during routine prophylaxis cleanings can aid the hygienist in identifying questionable areas early on and decide on a course of preventive care.