Have you heard your dentist talking about adding intraoral cameras to their office? What are intraoral cameras and how does it affect the way your dentist cares for you? The investment in the piece of equipment is transforming how dentists and patients talk about dentistry, enhancing the level of communication that can take place concerning the patients’ needs.
Intraoral cameras give you an up-close view.
Understanding your dentist’s explanation of your dental needs is much easier when you can see it for yourself. Whether you need a cavity filled, a dental crown or bridge, or other dental restoration, intraoral cameras capture magnified, high-resolution images that allow you to even make a self-diagnosis on your own.
Saved images are useful for monitoring disease progress.
Some conditions are more difficult to monitor the advancement of; for instance – acid erosion or enamel abrasion. These conditions become more prevalent over time due to nutritional choices and oral hygiene habits. When a baseline image is captured, it can be stored in your chart for future reference. This allows the image to be referenced during follow up visits each year to determine whether or not the area is getting worse.
Images may be used to support information like that on dental insurance claims.
It helps if your dental insurance company can see what’s going on. By capturing images of areas where there is a problem, the insurance carrier can better understand the condition. As a result, they are more likely to approve claims more quickly.
Intraoral cameras are thin, hand-held wands with a bright light and camera on the end. If you’ve seen one, you probably didn’t even realize what it was. The next time your dentist identifies an area of concern and you’re not quite sure that you understand, ask him to show you on the camera!
Posted on behalf of David Kurtzman
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