What Is An Intraoral Camera?
An intraoral camera is an effective tool that uses high definition magnification to take clean, crisp images of teeth and show them on a computer monitor (screen).
The intraoral camera gives the dentist a detailed image of a patient’s mouth, teeth and gums allowing him to see more than would be possible with a visual examination. The computer monitor lets the patient view what the dentist sees making it easier to understand the conditions found and the treatment options that are presented.
The camera has a built-in light source but is the size and shape of a dental mirror or large pen. The camera-tipped wand has the capability to take video and still pictures of the mouth, teeth and gums while transmitting the color images to a computer monitor screen. The camera is painless and does not emit any radiation. It has a disposable cover to prevent contamination.
While magnifying the images up to 40x the actual tooth size, the dentist has the ability to diagnose problems that can’t be seen without this level of magnification. Potential problems such as cavities, decay, cracked teeth, broken fillings, faulty restorations and periodontal pathology can be caught and treated in their earliest stages.
Intraoral images are not used to replace conventional tools but to give an enhanced magnified, clear, close-up look of current conditions.
The intraoral camera lets the dental staff save a permanent record of a patient’s condition by storing the images into the computer before and after treatment. This image record is beneficial to the cosmetic dental patient as the dentist will be able to show restorative treatment outcomes by providing before and after pictures. These images can also be printed or emailed to other dental specialists or insurance companies if necessary to document an insurance claim.
Dr. Romano, whose dental practice is located in Bridgeport, CT, keeps up-to-date with the latest advances in dental technology and uses an intraoral camera to provide modern, high quality care to his patients.