Dental Intraoral Camera
Patients can now sit chairside to their dentist while they view the inside of their mouth; intraoral camera technology helps bridge the gap between the two parties, and is one of the most convenient methods of assessing and diagnosing a vast array of oral health problems.
These small pen-like devices feature a wire that connects to a floating computer monitor; the camera is positioned at the end of the pen, and you are able to watch in realtime as your dentist scans throughout your mouth.
It is often difficult for doctors to clearly communicate certain oral health conditions; many find it much easier to show their patients what they are seeing instead. One notable yet sometimes unacknowledged benefit to this is that since most people are visual learners, they have a tendency to take matters of their oral health more seriously when seeing firsthand what their doctor is discussing during the consultation.
For instance, a person may very well disregard the severity of a cavity or gum line infection when told the problem exists, but they will often react quite differently when seeing the effects on a computer screen. The psychological effects of truly understanding one’s dental health can be enough to get people to take action, as in keeping up-to-date with their routine check-ups and not avoiding necessary general and cosmetic procedures.
Intraoral cameras first made their way to the market in the late 80’s, and their technology has developed significantly since. Nearly 100,000 dental clinics rely on them in North America alone, with more and more doctors incorporating them into their preliminary consultations.
Along with the benefit of compelling people to take their oral health seriously, many dentists have found that these cameras also help build a relationship of trust with their patients, which as we all know is vital to establishing a mutually beneficial business.
Despite being around for much longer, conventional mouth mirrors severely lack in comparison to the quality of digital imaging; they cannot magnify or take snapshots of a patient’s mouth, nor can they archive data for future retrieval.
Today, the wand form factor is the camera of choice for most dentists, due largely to its versatility (EG up to 100x magnification, attachments for 0 to 90 degree angle viewing, state of the art imaging software, etc.) and ease of use. Dentists can maneuver behind teeth without hindering picture quality.
Most patients simply can’t believe what they are seeing when an intraoral camera is put into their mouth; seeing the state of one’s teeth and gums up close definitely puts things into better perspective, and that is exactly what we hope to achieve at Pakerhill Dental. Remember, you have a say in how your oral health is being addressed!