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Spectra Caries Detector

Our primary goal is to ensure that Santa Teresa Dental patients maintain healthy smiles throughout their lifetimes. With the help of the Spectra Caries Detector, we maximize today’s modern diagnostic tools to find cavities at the earliest stages and stop them well before devastating destruction to the tooth occurs.

What is Spectra?

Spectra is a lightweight handpiece that uses a digital image to show patients exactly where decay is present on the tooth.

How Does it Work?

Spectra uses a color-coded reading – green, blue, red, and yellow – to indicate the level of decay present. For example a healthy tooth will appear green while areas of decay may be evident in red. When the patient can visualize the health of the tooth, see precisely where the decay is and understand how extensive it may be, they are better prepared to make informed decisions about their oral health. Moreover, when patients can actually see healthy as well as non-healthy areas on their teeth, they are further encouraged to practice good oral care at home.

Does it Hurt?

The process is non-invasive, painless, and fast. Images are saved in the patient’s record, so that suspicious areas can be carefully and closely monitored over time. Best of all, cavities can be addressed at their earliest stages, which means that removing the decayed area can be taken care of when the cavity is very small, which ensures that more of the natural tooth structure remains untouched and healthy.