You’re at the dentist’s office, listening to the dentist and their assistant talk about your teeth. But it sounds like a completely foreign language. How are you supposed to know what’s going on in your mouth if they won’t say anything in plain English? That’s where intraoral cameras come in. They allow your dentist to actually show you what’s going on in your mouth so you can understand what they’re talking about. Keep reading to learn more about intraoral cameras and their benefits.
What is an Intraoral Camera?
An intraoral camera is a small pen-shaped device that your dentist uses to capture high-definition images of your teeth and gums. You will be able to see the images in real time on a nearby monitor. No longer will you have to just guess at what’s going on in your mouth. Now you can see exactly what the dentist sees.
How Are Intraoral Cameras Used?
Your dentist will place the small device in your mouth and use it to take pictures of different areas of your mouth, specifically any areas that require treatment. If you have a cavity that doesn’t feel that big, for example, your dentist can show you the actual size and use that to explain how it can negatively affect that tooth and surrounding teeth. Since intraoral cameras have magnifying capabilities, your dentist can zoom in to show you areas of your mouth in great detail.
How Does an Intraoral Camera Benefit You?
Intraoral cameras allow you to understand your mouth a lot more thoroughly than simply describing it to you, or by using x-rays that sometimes take a while to print and often don’t display a clear image. With an intraoral camera, you can see high-quality images of your mouth instantly. In addition, your dentist can print or email the pictures to you if you would like. This can be useful for insurance claims. If you want coverage for a treatment, simply send your insurance provider a high-def image that proves your problem.
How Does an Intraoral Camera Benefit Your Doctor?
You aren’t the only one who reaps the benefits of intraoral cameras. Your dentist can simply show you any issues with your teeth and gums rather than just describing the problems to you. Because the cameras can magnify images a lot better than ordinary mirrors can, your dentist can diagnose any potential problems more accurately and sooner. Early detection is the best way to treat most dental issues, as leaving problems untreated can make the condition worsen later on.
Intraoral cameras have so much to offer both patients and doctors. They can improve the relationship between you and your dentist, and allow you to be on the same page about your oral health. Ask your dentist about intraoral cameras and how they can benefit both of you today.
About the Author
Dr. Richard Cea has spent more than a quarter of a century as a dentist. 18 of those years have been spent serving the Colorado Springs area. He is a member of several professional organizations, such as the Colorado State Dental Society, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and the International Association for Orthodontics. To learn more about how he can use intraoral cameras, click here or call (719)-637-1772.