Early Cavity Detection

Early Cavity Detection

To help our patients maintain healthy and attractive teeth, we use Cari-Vu & DIAGNOdent technology.

Cari - Vu Technology


What is it?

CariVu™ is a compact, portable cavity detection device that uses patented transillumination technology to help identify cavities and cracks in teeth.

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Cari-Vu image of the tooth. This image is

used by using light to help diagnose,

in conjunction with a bitewing radiograph.

How it does it work?

By hugging the tooth and bathing it in safe, near-infrared light, CariVu’s transillumination technology makes the enamel appear transparent while porous lesions trap and absorb the light. This allows us to see through the tooth exposing its structure and the actual structure of any cavities with very high accuracy.


Normal view of a tooth

Does it replace an xray?

Cari Vu is not an x-ray and we can't treat what we can't see.  CariVu is used to look at the depth of decay inside of a tooth, or to show us fractures that won't necessarilly show up on an xray.  Radiographs will show us much more of the tooth, and CariVu is not used instead of an xray.  CariVu is typically used in combination with an xray.

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Bitewing Radiograph of the tooth
shows us there is a cavity. But how deep is it?

This technology helps the patient and Jeffrey L. Angart, DDS to arrive at a treatment decision with great accuracy and precision.



Diagnodent being used on a patient.

A revolutionary and thorough means of detecting cavities with an exam that is fast, easy and nearly imperceptible. The Diagnodent is laser technology that scans your teeth with harmless pulses of light. When a cavity is present, fluorescent light of a different wavelength bounces back to the sensor, which is translated to a digital read-out. The higher the number, the greater the amount of decay in the tooth.

Diagnodent infrared laser detection