Technology has improved greatly in the last two decades. The dental intraoral camera is just one of these advances. The dental camera has given dentists and their patients the ability to have a detailed view of the inside part of the patients’ mouths. After all, if you can see it, you know exactly what it is because you have seen it with your own eyes; if you cannot see it, you end up just guessing or assuming. If a dentist can see the worn out filling in a TV monitor, it becomes obvious what has to be done.
The intraoral camera is intended to take pictures inside the mouth. It is about the size of a dental hand piece or dental mirror. Additionally, the dental intraoral camera has a built-in light that illuminates the area to be observed. The dental camera is also capable of taking a series of still images of the area and taking a video.
Early Detection of Dental Health Problems
By means of zooming in on problem areas that are affecting the teeth, dentists get a chance of seeing far more than they can with just the human eye. Frequently, with the help of intraoral cameras, dentists catch the early stages of periodontal disease or tooth decay that would have been otherwise hidden.
Most intraoral cameras can zoom in on one tooth to more than 40 times its actual size, or provide dentists and patients with a video tour of the patient’s entire mouth. Images are usually shown on a full color screen display that is fixed right above the dental chair. Pictures that may be seen include, but are not limited to:
• Broken fillings
• Broken teeth
• Dental lesions of various types
• Teeth arrangement
• Worn fillings
The dental intraoral camera is not only a diagnostic tool. It also functions as an educational tool that helps dentists enlighten patients about dental decay and other dental health problems. Since most people cannot see the condition inside their own mouths back then, dentists would have to draw diagrams or use props in an effort to describe what is going on in the mouth of their patients.
With a dental camera, the dentist can even pause on a specific area of the mouth or tooth to point out problems and give details on possible treatment options. This also enables the patient to ask questions, making him/her a part of the examination process. When dentists could point out the exact problem tooth/teeth, patients would have better knowledge on how to take care of their oral health.
In this digital age, you may also make printed copies of these photographs if you need to. On certain circumstances, these photos may be sent to insurance companies or to another dental specialist’s office.
The bottom line is, with dental intraoral imaging, patients can see what dentists see. And if you are a patient, wouldn’t you prefer a dentist who would allow you to be on the same page and help you understand what’s going on with your oral health? With these images, dentists can make an informed choice on how they think it is best to carry on with your dental treatment.