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
Seeing your teeth up close and personal is one of the best ways to understand the reasoning behind your dentist’s recommendations and treatment theories. With small mirrors and perfect lighting, your dentist or hygienist can see so many areas in your mouth that just aren’t visible at any other time. Now you can too! If your dentist uses an intraoral camera in their care facility, you can have a picture snapped of any tooth that is causing problems or in need of a dental filling or other dental treatment.
These high-resolution images are blown up on a computer or television screen, allowing you to see even the tiniest of cracks, leaky margins, or signs of decay. If your dentist tells you that a tooth needs to be fixed, you won’t have to say “but it doesn’t hurt!” you’ll actually be able to see why and understand why a certain type of treatment is best to help strengthen it.
Early treatment can help strengthen your tooth before it breaks down, even if you’re not experiencing symptoms. Capturing the images with intraoral cameras is also beneficial for filing insurance claims, or to monitor the progress of a tooth over time. The images can easily be printed, saved in your chart, or sent home with you to look over for future reference.
The next time your dentist tells you that a tooth needs to be worked on, ask to see it on the screen! You’ll have so much visual information that you’ll essentially be able to diagnose alongside of your dentist. Together, both you and your dental provider can work together to make the best treatment choices for a smile that lasts a lifetime.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Michael Mansouri, Marietta Family Dental Care, P.C.
An intra-oral camera is used in many dental practices to help better visualize the mouth, teeth, and gum lines. Using an intra-oral camera has many advantages to the patient and dentist.
This camera is a tiny camera, usually a small 1 to 2 inches in size that will easily fit inside of your mouth. By using the camera, the dentist can then see on a larger screen between your teeth, your gumline, and other areas of your mouth. These pictures are of a high quality and resolution, and will allow your dentist to know much quicker if there are any problems such as cavities or periodontal disease that need to be addressed.
The other advantage to an intra-oral camera is that any pictures taken inside your mouth can then be saved to your permanent dental record. This will allow comparison to previous pictures at a later date, and allow your dentist to keep an eye on areas that may be cause for concern. It also allows pictures to be taken of areas that may need specialty treatment, and to easily transfer these images between practices. This saves you both time and money in the long run.
A final advantage of using intra-oral cameras is that this allows images to be sent to your insurance company if needed. Using an intra-oral camera allows for permanent documentation of treatments performed in a faster, more comfortable manner. Intra-oral cameras also limit the amount of radiation exposure you may receive.
If you are curious about what your dentist may see, ask to see the pictures of your teeth that the intra-oral camera has taken. Looking at the images together, you and your dentist can determine a course of treatment that is best for you, your mouth, and your smile!
Posted on behalf of Prime Dental Care
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