What is The Canary System™?

The Canary System™ is a device for the early detection and monitoring of tooth decay. It can detect decay on smooth enamel surfaces, root surfaces, biting surfaces, between teeth and around existing amalgam or composite fillings. It is a pain-free, safe and non-invasive early detection system built on years of thorough research.

How does The Canary System™ work?

The Canary uses a low-power, pulsating laser light to scan teeth for the presence of dental caries or tooth decay. The laser light is absorbed by the tooth and two phenomena are observed: the laser light is converted into luminescence and there is a release of heat (less than 1 degree Celsius). This heat will not harm the tooth but gives us important information on the tooth up to a depth of 5 mm below the surface. Simultaneous measurement of the reflected heat and light provides us with information on the presence and extent of tooth decay below the tooth surface.

What are the benefits of The Canary System™ over its competitors?

The Canary System™ can:
  1. Identify and monitor tooth decay without the need for dental x-rays;
  2. Detect decay on all tooth surfaces including between teeth (interproximal areas);
  3. Detect decay in between teeth at an earlier stage than the traditional dental x-ray;
  4. Detect decay as small as 50 microns (20 times smaller than a millimeter);
  5. Examine teeth for decay as deep as 5 millimeters below the tooth surface;
  6. Offer a safe, non-invasive, painless and quick experience.

When will this system be available on the market?

The Canary System™ will be available in Spring 2011. Please click here leave your name and contact information for ongoing updates.

Why the name "Canary"?

The "canary in the mineshaft" was used for centuries to protect people from undetectable hazards. Today, the word is synonymous as an early warning system or alert. Patients will recognize The Canary System™ as a painless, less expensive, friendly (hand-held tool, ergonomic ease and function, yellow in colour) detection system for cavities that eliminates the need for painful fillings and needles.

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