Our Intraoral Camera Reveals the Truth About Your Teeth
At Dr. Jay Lopez, D.D.S., we strive to provide our patients with the highest quality and the most advanced dental care. 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. As a sterilized small probe shaped camera is moved around the inside of your mouth, you can see on the computer monitor, a tooth by tooth video exam of your teeth and the soft tissues of your mouth.
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 are 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 problems up close. The adage, “A picture is worth a thousand words,” could not be truer when using the intra-oral camera. 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, expand it 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 and 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 health.