It’s hard for patients to understand what their dentist is always talking about, especially when they can’t see what the dentist sees, or when there are no symptoms telling them that something is actually wrong. One of the ways dentists are improving the communication process with patients is by implementing the use of high definition intra-oral cameras.
Each intra-oral camera is housed on a small wand that can be placed inside of the patient’s mouth, directly over the tooth being addressed. This allows an image to be captured and displayed on a screen directly in the treatment room, so that patients can instantly see the needs that are being discussed. Since the image is enlarged, it makes it easier for everyone to see, and gives plenty of time for the dentist to discuss various aspects of the tooth or restoration under question.
Photographs are also useful for documenting the progression of conditions, such as enamel erosion, toothbrush wear, gum recession, or bruxism. Many patients like to take the photos home with them to look over later, or to discuss with their family. It’s very simple to print the photographs off for patient use, or to keep in the patient’s file for future reference.
There is no charge to have intra-oral photographs taken, and they become a permanent part of the patient’s record right along with their clinical notes and x-rays. They say that a picture is worth a thousand words, and it’s never been truer. Patients and dentists both love how intra oral photography is improving the ways treatment is planned and discussed in a manner that has never been better.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Omar Damji, Executive Park Dentistry
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