Vibration Technology For Dental Assessment Gets Patent

New vibration technology may reduce the need for some dental x-rays

New vibration technology may reduce the need for some dental x-rays

A patent has been granted to Fovean for a new vibration technology that allows the diagnosis of tissue conditions, possibly without X-ray.

According to Fovean, the system can help to determine if tissue, teeth or tooth structure is cracked due to disease or overloading.

It can also find perforations through a tooth during root canal therapy, determine key locations to place pins that will minimise the chance of cracking the tooth or causing nerve damage, and detect whether an opening to a nerve has been accidentally made once a pilot hole is present.

The system can also test sealants for leakage and decay, identifying pit caries too.