What is CariVu?

At our dental office, we strive to stay abreast of new technology and to periodically incorporate new products and equipment to better serve our patients. And we are excited to have recently added the CariVu cavity detection device to our practice.

What is CariVu?

It is essentially a small tooth camera that uses transillumination to detect cavities as well as cracks. When held over the tooth, the light will shine through healthy tooth structure and the healthy tooth enamel will appear transparent. But any area of the tooth that has a cavity or a crack will absorb light and show up as dark gray when an image is captured.

Who Is It Used On?

Most of our patients receive dental radiographs as part of their examination and oral assessment. CariVu is used in conjuction with traditional X Rays to properly evaluate the dental health of our patients. But because it does not rely on traditional radiation, it is ideal for kids (especially those who have difficulty biting down on X Ray sensors), for patients who gag easily and have a hard time with something getting to close to the back of their mouth, for pregnant women and for patients who are avoiding radiation due to medical reasons.