Intraoral cameras deliver high-quality images that help patients learn about problem areas and better understand their treatment options. Mounted on the end of a pen-shaped instrument, the tiny intraoral camera can be used to provide detailed imaging of the teeth and gums.
Digital images are captured instantly and displayed on a monitor, where our patients and clinical staff can view them together. The intraoral camera allows you to be an active partner in your dental treatment. It will enable you to see what we see which can greatly increase your comfort before and during a procedure.
Why Do We Take Them?
Intraoral images are quickly becoming the gold standard in patient care. Intraoral images are important diagnostic aids for our clinical team. With an enlarged intraoral image of your patient’s teeth on your computer monitor, you have the benefit of observing cracks, leaking restorations, calculus, periodontal abnormalities, oral lesions and many other issues.
These images enable our clinical staff to map out a clear plan and assessment of the patient’s needs as well as being able to clearly envision how to correct a problem.
Why Is It Important?
Digital x-rays are essential in determining any dental problems, but they’re not the only diagnostic technology. At Future of Dentistry, we believe in using all tools available to provide our patients with optimal care.
The intraoral camera captures images and displays them in a magnified form, which provides our clinical staff with a better understanding of how to correct a potential issue. It also identifies problems that may not be detected by the traditional method of examination, including cracks in fillings or hairline fractures in teeth.
Patients can now see defects and problems for themselves and make better decisions regarding their own treatment. They can now view the same things their clinical team sees, and understand the implication of not correcting the problem.
Intraoral images are also beneficial when it comes to dealing with dental insurance companies. There are times when our best digital x-rays are not enough to support our clinical recommendations to a dental insurance provider. Sending an intraoral image to the insurance company allows us to show them firsthand exactly what we see. These diagnostic images provide accurate documentation of the tooth’s condition before treatment is performed.
The old saying, “a picture is worth a thousand words” is certainly appropriate when it comes to intraoral images. Diagnostic photos inform our treatment recommendations, and elevate the understanding of both the patient and the insurance company.