When it comes to offering the best dental care for your patients, the first step is effective diagnosis.

Caries detection has historically relied on three key methods: through visual inspection, explorer, and radiographs.

Times have changed. Technology today has advanced to where innovative tools, such as the DEXIS CariVu, can now allow dentists to “see through” a tooth’s structure using transillumination technology and no ionizing radiation.

If you have been dismissing the need to add CariVu to your practice’s workflow, here are 5 reasons you should reconsider your current stance.


Accuracy of Method for Diagnosing Interproximal Decay


You could be missing caries, cracks and fractures by relying on radiographs and visual inspections alone. Proximal dentin lesions represented in the CariVu images correlate to the actual condition in the tooth with 99% accuracy.*


  1. Improves Diagnostic Certainty with DEXIS CariVu

    The innovative technology of the DEXIS CariVu gives you the ability to see more than is currently possible with traditional radiographs— meaning greater diagnostic certainty for you and your dental staff.

    “Before we do every restorative procedure, we CariVu it. I can now see through the tooth and know whether I’m going to encounter a surprise.” – Dr. Lou Graham, DDS


  2. Increases Patient Acceptance

    With CariVu, healthy tooth structure appears light while caries appears dark. The resulting images are easy to read for you and easy to understand for your patients so they can better understand your diagnosis and treatment recommendations.

    “[CariVu] is a very effective tool for patient education. We can show them landmarks such as a filling and the outline of the tooth, and when they see the V-shaped shadow, the problem is clear. [CariVu] is objective and easily understandable for the patient.” – Dr. Scott Allman, DDS


  3. Safe, Non-Ionizing Solution

    CariVu hugs the tooth and bathes it in safe, near-infrared light without ionizing radiation. It’s a great solution for children, pregnant women, medically compromised patients, or any patient that is X-ray-averse.

    “I am able to pick up my CariVu and in an instant, tell [my patients], without any ionizing radiation, that I can look into their tooth. And I can tell you, that speaks volumes to patients.” – Dr. Cynthia Brattesani, DDS


  4. Easy Workflow Integration

    Images captured by CariVu are easily saved directly to your patient’s chart within the DEXIS software platform. All CariVu purchases also come with free, personalized training for your staff to show how easily this dental tool is to use and can be added to your practice’s workflow.

    “In my 17 years as a hygienist, the CariVu has been one of the best diagnostic tools in conjunction with digital x-rays that I have ever used. It is plug-and-play and point-and-shoot and I can scan a full mouth in approximately a minute and a half.” – Erin Doffoney, RDH, BAS


  5. Differentiate Your Practice

    Set your practice apart from the rest by integrating this fast, cutting-edge, innovative technology into your practice.

    “When I bring new technology into my practice, my regular patients are never surprised. They expect it because they know that I’ve built my practice around technology that improves patient care and increases efficiency. CariVu is one of those products—my regular patients expect to see this technology and the images it produces, and my new patients are blown away by it.” – Dr. Todd Snyder, DDS, FAACD


Learn More For more information on advancing the caries detection process in your office, schedule an in-office CariVu consultation with a DEXIS Imaging Expert by visiting the CariVu page on the DEXIS website.


CariVu™ uses no ionizing radiation. CariVu is a diagnostic aid for the detection of open or incipient carious lesions above the gingiva and for monitoring the progress of such lesions. Proximal dentin lesions represented in CariVu images correlate to the actual condition in the tooth with 99% accuracy. Indications for use for CariVu are detection of: smooth surface caries, occlusal carries, proximal caries, initial caries, secondary caries, and cracks. Visit dexis.com/ifu for full indications of use. ©DEXIS

The opinions and techniques shown are the recommendation of Dr. Graham, Dr. Snyder, Dr. Allman, Dr. Brattesani and Ms. Doffoney, paid consultants of DEXIS.

DEXIS is a medical device manufacturer and does not dispense medical advice. Clinicians should use their own judgment in treating their patients.

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