Dr. Wyman Martin at The Martin Dental Center for Oral Health and Aesthetics in Roswell, GA. has added a new diagnostic tool to his inventory. It is the Dexis CariVu, and we are excited to be one of the earliest dental offices in metropolitan Atlanta to have one of these revolutionary instruments. As a diagnostic aid, we are able to detect cavities and cracks in the teeth with a high degree of accuracy.
Eight years ago, we went to digital x-rays and moved away from film x-rays. By doing so, we have been able to store x-rays on digital computer patient charts, reduce developing time from 6 minutes to 2 seconds, reduce x-ray exposure time by two thirds, and have the ability to transport x-rays electronically to your Oral Surgeon, Endodontist & Periodontist. Dental x-rays are two dimensional in the horizontal plane. This allows for detection of cavities in areas of the tooth not blocked by restorations, such as fillings. X-rays are good for detecting cavities between teeth, around restorations, on the roots of teeth, and just below the biting surfaces of teeth. CariVu uses laser fluorescence to illuminate a tooth from both sides, while taking a digital image from the biting surface. This image is stored in the patient’s computer chart, and can be viewed side by side with a previously stored x-ray of the same tooth. CariVu operates in the vertical plane, and is excellent at detecting cavities and cracks that may not be seen on x-rays. Cavities that are seen on both x-rays and CariVu can be better evaluated as to size and depth. With CariVu, incipient decay can be seen more clearly, so that decisions can be made more accurately whether to restore or monitor.
Since the CariVu uses only laser light, there is zero exposure to ionizing radiation, which is always a plus. The addition of this technology, to The Martin Dental Center, is exciting and will be very beneficial to the dental health of our patients.