No-radiation Caries Detection
When you seek care at our office, you are assured that Dr. Palliser and staff utilize the latest in technology to enhance the quality and fit for your dental care.
Our practice uses CariVu: Award-Winning, No-radiation Caries Detection to enhance the precision of patient care.
DEXIS™ CariVu™ is a compact, portable caries detection device that uses patented transillumination technology to support the identification of occlusal, interproximal and recurrent carious lesions and cracks.
What makes CariVu unique?
- Uses transillumination technology that makes enamel appear transparent while porous lesions trap and absorb light
- Allows the clinician to see through the tooth, exposing its structure and the actual structure of any carious lesions
- CariVu images read like familiar X-ray images
- Uses non-ionizing radiation which is ideal for children, pregnant women and patients who are X-ray averse
The KaVo DIAGNOdent device measures laser fluorescence within the tooth structure. As the laser light is introduced and focused into the site, the two-way hand-piece optics allows the unit to evaluate the reflected laser light energy. A clean healthy tooth structure exhibits little or no fluorescence, resulting in very low scale readings on the display. However, carious tooth structure will exhibit fluorescence, proportionate to the degree of caries, resulting in elevated scale readings on the display. This device aids as an compliment to a traditional oral examination in the detection of occlusal decay.
Dr. Palliser chooses carefully which and when radiographs are taken. There are many guidelines that we follow. Radiographs allow us to see everything we cannot see with our own eyes. Radiographs enable us to detect cavities in between your teeth, determine bone level, and analyze the health of your bone. We can also examine the roots and nerves of teeth, diagnose lesions such as cysts or tumors, as well as assess damage when trauma occurs.
Dental radiographs are invaluable aids in diagnosing, treating, and maintaining dental health. Exposure time for dental radiographs is extremely minimal. Dr. Palliser utilizes a hybrid of traditional dental x-rays and digital enhancements within the office. Digital imaging can also help us retrieve valuable diagnostic information. We may be able to see cavities better.
Digital imaging allows us to store patient images, and enables us to quickly and easily transfer them to specialists or insurance companies.
Many patients, especially younger patients, are very familiar with the latest technology and are comfortable with the high tech practice. Computers and TV screens are their primary method of information processing.
Dr. Palliser utilizes Intraoral Camera technology that helps enhance your understanding of your diagnosis. An Intraoral Camera is a very small camera – in some cases, just a few millimeters long. An Intraoral Camera allows our practice to view clear, precise images of your mouth, teeth and gums, in order for us to accurately make a diagnosis. With clear, defined, enlarged images, you see details that may be missed by standard mirror examinations. This can mean faster diagnosis with less chair-time for you!
Intraoral cameras also enable our practice to save your images in our office computer to provide a permanent record of treatments. These images can be printed for you, other specialists, and your lab or insurance companies.