An intraoral camera is a great tool for thoroughly observing parts of your mouth which are otherwise hard to reach. Dentists also utilize it to educate patients by projecting high quality images of the inside of your mouth onto a nearby display so you can see what the dentist sees. It is helpful in diagnosing dental issues such as tooth decay, periodontal disease, and tooth damage.
Intraoral cameras are also useful in tracking the success of a treatment. Pictures taken with the intraoral camera help enhance your smile with precision. They help you and your dentist get a better understanding of your oral health and dental treatments.
Images can also be sent to other dentists and specialists, as well as to dental insurance companies.
Other Uses of an Intraoral Camera
Oral Cancer Screening
Patients who are at risk for oral cancer include heavy alcohol drinkers and smokers. Intraoral cameras can detect lesions or tumors that are indicative of oral cancer. Photos taken during check-up are sent to a cancer specialist for better assessment and diagnosis of the patient’s oral condition.
Most dentists use intraoral cameras to educate their patients about their oral health. With the use of the camera, patients are able to see the condition of their teeth and the dentist can discuss the condition of the teeth and how to manage it.
An intraoral camera helps in convincing patients to undergo dental treatments that would help restore and save teeth or gums. Photos and videos taken by the camera can help the dentist explain issues with the teeth or gums and how the proposed dental treatment will help manage the condition. It can also help calm nervous patients of the incoming dental procedure.
Pictures and videos allow dentists to assess whether dental treatments worked in improving the dental health of the patient.
How an Intraoral Camera Works
The camera wand has a lens and a light on one end. Some cameras are cordless and some come with a cord connected to a computer or monitor.
An intraoral camera enables dentists to take before and after images. This is particularly useful when replacing an old metal filling with a tooth-coloured filling. You would definitely be able to see the huge difference using white, natural-coloured fillings can make.
Photos are stored in a computer and may be uploaded to a database. Photographs of your teeth can also be printed out, if needed. This makes it very easy to add photos to your dental record.