Intraoral Cameras

Intraoral Cameras

Introduced in the dentist offices at the end of the 1980s, intraoral cameras are now used on a regular basis in several dental clinics. In addition to helping the dentist make an accurate diagnosis, this technology allows patients to view and understand the condition of their teeth and gums.

What is it?

  • It’s a digital camera that is about the size of a pen. It has a tiny lens (only a few millimetres in diameter) and contains its own light source (LED lights).
  • The camera is connected to the dentist’s computer and to a screen on which patients can see images of their teeth and gums.
  • The camera provides a magnification of 40 to 60 times the actual size.
  • The handpiece is soft to the touch and can be maneuvered comfortably around your mouth.

What is it good for?

  • The images captured by the intraoral camera are shown on the screen and allow the patient to view first-hand what problem areas the dentist is referring to.
  • Images help the dentist to notice some details or anomalies that may have been missed by the naked eye.
  • The intraoral camera itself does not allow a diagnosis to be made, but it contributes to its improvement when it is combined with other technologies like X-rays.
  • Digital images can be shared via e-mail with other dental specialists and used for insurance claims.
  • Saved in the patient’s record, the images serve as reference during a treatment plan. They help to keep track of the evolution of the patient’s oral condition. With ‘before’ and ‘after’ photos, the patients are able to see the result of their treatment.

The intraoral camera helps the dentist to detect:

  • The deterioration (corrosion) of dental restorations (e.g.: fillings);
  • The presence of cracks on teeth or around amalgam fillings;
  • Dental abrasion or abnormal tooth wear related to bruxism (teeth grinding);
  • Early stages of tooth decay. Note that a visual-tactile examination must be done to confirm the diagnosis;
  • Soft tissue anomalies;
  • Defects or problems related to crowns, bridges and implants that are located in difficult-to-access areas.

The camera is also very useful for observing and understanding the problem of gingival recession (especially in asymptomatic patients). For children, an image of their teeth is irreplaceable to explain what is dental plaque and teach them good oral hygiene habits.

What’s in it for you?

  • The intraoral camera gives you an instant, clear and magnified view of the current status of your mouth.
  • It allows you to make informed decisions related to your oral health problems and treatment options.
  • It will be easy to keep track of your condition over time because we can compare the changes of your teeth, gums and tongue on images stored in your record.
  • Adding photo documentation to an insurance claim can often speed up the approval of that claim.

Important: The intraoral camera does not replace X-rays or a conventional examination.

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