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X-rays, color pictures, and now this amazing tool — Dexis "CariVu"

The dental "x-ray" is an important tool for diagnosing dental problems and has been around for over a century. But x-rays have their limitations, especially when tooth decay is in its early stages. Early decay can remain hidden by surrounding healthy tooth structure or fillings or crowns. And cracks in teeth are rarely visible with an x-ray.

Specialized cameras became the norm about 20 years ago. Dentists gained the ability to show patients obvious tooth decay and cracklines so that they could understand why their dentist was recommending treatment, even in the absence of symptoms.

But what about teeth problems that have not progressed to the point of being visible with a camera or on an x-ray and that do not cause any symptoms yet?

In 2014, "CariVu" was introduced to address this exact problem. This diagnostic tool provides the ability to easily detect tooth decay with amazing clarity, including decay not yet detectable by either a camera or an x-ray. Patients can view these images immediately with their dentist on a computer monitor.

What does this mean for you? Your dentist can fix the early decay without delay, before it can destroy more of your tooth. And your dentist can save your cracked tooth before a root canal treatment or extraction becomes necessary.

Be proactive about protecting your smile so that it can last a lifetime. Ask us about CariVu imaging today.

Gifford Family Dentistry

1616 SW Sunset Blvd., Suite E

Portland, OR 97239