Innovative Intraoral Camera
Before you conjure an image of a dentist trying to fit a point-and-shoot camera into your mouth, rest assured that intraoral cameras are remarkably compact. In fact, they're about the size of an extra-thick marker.
In reality, numerous dental conditions don't necessarily cause pain or exhibit visible signs discernible to the naked eye. This can make it challenging for patients to comprehend the dentist's diagnosis. Fortunately, intraoral cameras are linked to TV screens or computer monitors adjacent to the dental chair. This enables dentists to instantly display what the camera captures. So, whether you're dealing with swollen gums or a fractured filling, you and the dentist can be on the same page about the issue, even if you're not experiencing discomfort..
Understanding the Intraoral Camera:
In simple terms, an intraoral camera is a compact imaging tool capturing detailed photos of your mouth's interior. Unlike X-Rays that reveal internal structures, intraoral cameras focus on external teeth and gum surfaces in high detail.
Compared to dental X-Rays, which have been in use since the discovery of X-Rays in the 1890s, intraoral cameras gained widespread usage only in the 1990s. Dentists quickly adopted this technology once they recognized its potential to revolutionize patient care and diagnosis. We consider the use of an intraoral camera at our practice as part of our essential equipment setup. We're proud to wield this powerful tool to educate our patients and identify issues such as tooth decay and damaged teeth or restorations.
Operation of the Intraoral Camera:
The camera wand features a lens and light on one end, connected by a cord leading to a computer on the other. The camera's illuminated images are crucial, particularly for capturing dark areas of the mouth. Intraoral camera images, compared to traditional tools like mirrors and headlamps, enhance the spotting and diagnosis of abnormalities.
Intraoral cameras enable us to capture excellent "before and after" pictures. This is especially beneficial for showcasing the aesthetic transformation of using tooth-colored fillings instead of old metal ones. These images can be printed or digitized, seamlessly adding them to your digital dental record. Sharing images with specialists, insurance companies, or dental lab technicians involved in crafting custom restorations, like crowns, becomes effortless.
Curious to see what your dentist sees? Simply request a glimpse through our intraoral camera during your next appointment.