The Canary System can scan for caries on smooth enamel surfaces, root surfaces, biting surfaces, between teeth, and around existing fillings. Current methods are not as sensitive in detecting early decay in these areas.
Early detection of dental caries within the enamel shell of the tooth allows applied remineralization therapies to halt or delay the decay. These therapies work to repair the teeth by recrystalizing the minerals onto the enamel surface. If detection of decay is delayed until it has broken completely through the enamel shell, remineralization will not work and a filling is required.
For patients, the placement of a dental filling is an invasive
procedure which causes some short term trauma to the tooth. Restorations do
not last a lifetime, and there is a cycle of continued placement and
replacement of fillings. Each new restoration gets larger, eventually
leading to more invasive treatments including crowns, root canal or
The Canary System:
- Is less invasive and safer than traditional approaches for detecting
and monitoring early-stage tooth decay;
- Extends the natural lifecycle of the tooth by providing a chance to
remineralize the decayed area;
- Eliminates the need for painful needles and fillings;
- Reduces the cost barriers to dental services by treating small
"cavities" before invasive and more expensive technologies are
"For dentists, The Canary System will open up a new source of patients needing care," says Dr. Abrams. "Other clinical staff such as dental hygienists or assistants may perform the procedure and administer remineralization treatment. It's a win-win for everybody."
"For the research community, it means a sensitive, non-invasive device
for monitoring tooth decay in t
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