The dental intraoral camera is one of the latest dental tech pieces that is becoming more common in the dental office. One may have experienced one of these cameras already. But in the coming years, one is more than likely to experience the benefits of the camera's use.
What is a dental intraoral camera?
The dental intraoral camera first came into use around the 1990s. Shaped like a large pen, it is a video camera that is used by the dentist to take extremely detailed images of the inside of the mouth. The footage from the camera is projected onto a screen for both the dentist and patient to view. The footage can be kept as a video or as digital images. A special cover is applied over the camera for each use, this is in order to prevent the spread of germs and bacteria between patients.
How it helps the dentist
With the ability to control the camera’s images more closely, the dentist is able to more easily diagnose and find areas of interest within the mouth cavity. This can include areas of the mouth that are normally difficult to access and view. There are a variety of dental intraoral cameras that come with a variety of features that can assist the dentist during an examination.
Some intraoral cameras come with LED lighting (for the dark areas of the mouth), a rotating head (to help see around corners) and zoom capabilities.
How it helps you
Being able to see the problem areas of the mouth on the screen can go a long way in dealing with anxiety. The monitor adds a level of comfort, being able to see what your dentist is doing as it happens. It also allows the dentist more freedom in doing dental teaching and educating as they explore with the camera. You can learn about your dental health with a clear visual aid.
No more blindly wondering what your dentist is up to during your visit. It is also beneficial to be able to see before and after photos during a procedure, no longer requiring you to wait for a mirror.
Benefits for everyone
Having the footage and images from dental work creates a medical record that is easily tracked. It can be kept for years down the road, either as a physical or digital copy. This makes it easier for you or your dentist to notice any changes in your dental health. If insurance is involved, the intraoral camera provides easy proof of treatment or conditions for insurance records.
Simpler than keeping an entire X-ray machine around, the dental intraoral camera is rising in popularity due to the many benefits and simplicity of its usage. Not only does it give the dentist a chance to educate their patients, but you can also be more actively involved in your dental health more than ever before. Contact a dental professional and ask if they have these amazing devices!
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