Intraoral Camera Reveals the Truth About Your Teeth
We strive to provide all of our patients with the highest quality and the most advanced dental care. With this in mind, we have a piece of equipment to help you better understand and “see” your dental health. Advances in modern video camera equipment have allowed dental manufacturers to develop a very small video camera for use in the dental office. With a camera about the size of a pen, we can film your mouth and present it as an image on a monitor that is magnified 10-40 times its natural size.
What You Can’t See Can Hurt You
It’s not necessarily pleasant to come face to face with your own dental
condition. But it’s important to do so for several reasons. First, the
camera may reveal the early stages of potentially serious problems,
helping you make an informed decision about your treatment options.
This is especially helpful with gum disease and other conditions where
pain is a latent indicator of a problem. Second, the camera’s honest
survey can show in a moment how well you’re doing with your regular
home hygiene. This helps you and your dentist realistically assess what
steps you might need to take on your own to improve things.
You Will Be Able To See Your Needed Care
For years, we have described diseases of the teeth and gums and
drawn pictures to attempt to illustrate the problem and the needed
treatment. The old adage “A picture is worth a thousand words” could
not be truer when using the intra-oral camera.
A sterilized small probe shaped camera is moved around the inside
of your mouth. This will provide you with a tooth by tooth video exam
of your teeth. You can see your teeth enlarged in living color on our
computer screen in the treatment room. We can freeze and store the
picture of the inside of your mouth for a bigger and better look and
then take an instant photograph for you and your records.
This painless no radiation technique allows you to see problems such
as worn-out, defective fillings, fractured teeth, decay, bleeding gums
and plaque. Also, the intraoral camera allows us to see things that
may not appear with a traditional x-ray and can help us detect minor
problems before they become more significant. Together we can discuss
your treatment plan with you for restoring your mouth to optimal