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CariVu Cavity Detection Technology in Ardmore, OK

With regular visits to the dentist and excellent dental hygiene at home, the chances that you will ever experience significant tooth decay are low. Dr. Hughes uses the latest dental technology to identify caries and cracks in their earliest stages. The CariVu caries detection device uses a safe, near-infrared light to make problems visible almost as soon as they develop.

How CariVu Works

CariVu is a wonderful new approach to detecting cavities and cracks, and we are pleased to offer this advanced technology at Robert V. Hughes, DDS. It is a small, handheld device that uses patented transillumination technology to identify issues on the surface of teeth, between teeth, and beneath existing dental work (recurrent caries or cracks).

Other early-detection methods use fluorescence, which usually requires sterilization of the tooth and often uses a complex color-coding system. But CariVu is quickly performed and then easily read -- for faster, more effective cavity detection overall.

CariVu with Robert V. Hughes, DDS

Your dental hygienist can use CariVu after your teeth cleaning to identify suspicious areas for Dr. Hughes to examine further during your examination. The tooth is bathed in a near-infrared light which makes any carious lesions or cracks show up darker than the surrounding healthy tooth enamel.

While CariVu can be used during your routine checkup to highlight brand new decay or cracks, the technology also provides an expert second opinion for Dr. Hughes after he spots a suspicious area on a digital x-ray or intra-oral photo. CariVu is a wonderful complement to our entire package of diagnostic equipment.

 Benefits of CariVu Early Caries Detection

  • Earlier cavity detection results in the most conservative treatment.
  • Provides a fast second opinion right in our office.
  • Makes visible areas that commonly hide decay -- like beneath fillings or crowns.
  • Troublesome areas are easy to identify.
  • Provides a safe alternative for patients who prefer not to undergo an x-ray.

Schedule an Appointment Today

Trust your smile to the team that invests in the latest dental technology. CariVu is just one example of our state-of-the-art equipment. We also make frequent use of digital x-rays, CEREC same-day crowns, intraoral cameras, and more. Contact us to schedule an appointment with Dr. Hughes today!

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