Published on February 12, 2014 at 2:12 PM
Professor Nigel Pitts, King's College London Dental Institute, who has collaborated on the development of the Calcivis approach, said: "Dental caries is a significant clinical and public health problem and there are important differences in the treatment requirements for active and inactive caries lesions, with consequent marked differences in costs and outcomes for the patient, dentist and third-party payer. The ability to assess the activity of dental caries at a single patient visit has the potential to radically change the management of tooth decay, one of the most common diseases in the world and one which can have a significant impact on patients' lives."
The Calcivis® Caries Activity Imaging System is an in-clinic device which combines a sensitive intraoral camera and application technology to deliver a precise amount of disclosing solution, containing a photoprotein, onto the tooth surface.
The photoprotein binds calcium ions and emits a blue light signal proportional to the amount of calcium present. This exquisitely sensitive chemiluminescent system produces a demineralisation map of the tooth. The resulting images provide a focus for discussion with patients about their caries management programme and the development of a tailored, rational, evidence-based treatment in line with dental best practice.