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View from the Chairside – Detecting Cracks in Teeth Using the Canary System

Dr. Stephen Abrams is a general dental practitioner with more than 37-years of clinical experience. He is also the founder of Quantum Dental Technologies, the developers of the Canary System used in the dental community. The Canary System is a precise, low-powered, laser-based instrument with an integrated intraoral camera that detects the presence of cracks and caries that may be invisible on dental X-rays. Intraoral camera images can be displayed for immediate chair side review with the patient. 

Today, Dr. Abrams is here to present a clinical case that used the Canary System.

In this presentation, Dr. Abrams demonstrates how the Canary System is used and speaks about:

  • The three key clinical challenges (detecting, managing, and talking to patients effectively about cracked teeth).
  • The increased incidence of cracked teeth in patients with and without restorations.
  • The literature review he undertook to investigate the causes of cracked teeth and the impact of the type and size of restorations on teeth.
  • A clinical case presentation of the management of a patient with cracked teeth.
  • How to determine which tooth is cracked and causing pain.
  • How the Canary System detects cracks and cavities that may be invisible on X-rays.
  • How the Canary System works to inform treatments, such as restoration, remineralisation, and sealing of teeth.
  • Talking with patients about how cracks develop and mitigating future cracks by identifying the underlying problem.
  • Critical elements for diagnosing and effectively treating cracks in patients’ teeth.

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CDA Oasis Team


A Clinical Challenge & Solution:  Detecting Cracks in Teeth Using PTR-LUM-The Canary System; A Case Report

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