CariVu is a hand-held instrument that reveals cracks and cavities in seconds, using only light – no radiation! It can help you address small problems before they become big ones.
CariVu is a hand-held device that hugs the tooth and bathes it in safe, near-infrared light. It does not use radiation. The light causes the enamel to appear transparent, while porous areas and cracks appear dark. It captures images which look similar to x-rays, and images are available immediately so you can see and better understand your tooth’s condition.
Unlike fluorescent imaging, there is no need to clean bacteria from the tooth to get an accurate image.
CariVu makes it possible to detect cracking in early stages, and reveal problems where tooth surfaces touch each other, which can both be difficult to see on X-rays. It can help further define the extent of problems that are revealed on X-rays, too. It is perfect for showing the condition of the tooth surrounding existing fillings, and helps your dentist identify areas that need to be carefully monitored going forward.
The next time you are in for a checkup ask about the CariVu. You can schedule an appointment by calling 952-443-3368.