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What is Spectra?
How Spectra Works:
Spectra uses fluorescence technology to enable reliable tooth-by-tooth detection of fissure caries and caries on smooth surfaces that are too small to be detected by an X-ray.
Special light intensities project safe high energy violet-blue light onto the tooth surface.
This violet-blue light stimulates metabolites of cariogenic bacteria (called porphyrins) to appear red when viewed on a monitor, while healthy enamel fluoresces green.
After capturing the image within our existing imaging software, the extent of the decay will be interpolated and indicated in two ways:
1. The color will either be blue, red, orange, or yellow
2. The numerical indicator between 0 and 5.0 will be shown
Early decay shows up as red with a reading of 2.0 or greater. These spots will need a restoration placed to restore the health of the tooth.
No other caries detection aid can do this!
Spectra can be used during the restorative phase to make sure all caries are removed.
Spectra can detect hidden cavities between the margins of existing composite and amalgam restorations.
Spectra is FDA approved and safe for use on both adults and children.
We are proud to offer this innovative technology as part of our routine cleaning and checkup exams. Ask us about the Spectra camera today!