A Picture is Worth A Thousand Words
An Intraoral camera is one of the lightest pieces of dental equipment on the market. They typically weigh an average of only 2oz. The fixed focus lens located on one of these cameras can be smaller than the tip of your finger. However, the small size and compact components of this dental tool do not hinder performance in any way. Intraoral cameras, despite their small size, can magnify teeth anywhere from 30 to over 100 times their actual size. They are known for their simplicity, portability, and versatility. Not only are they lightweight and easy to maneuver, but they can store over 100 images in their memory. They can be quickly disconnected and transported between operatories with ease. Certain models even feature built-in docking stations that can easily be installed into any existing dental unit. An Intraoral camera can feature numerous viewing modes including: live, freeze, and quad-split screen options.
On a daily basis, dentists are constantly working hard to accurately diagnose patients. In many circumstances, dentists can detect cavities by simply visually inspecting the teeth. However, certain types of cavities and other oral problems are not always easily visible to the naked eye. Intraoral cameras offer dentists a tool to help aid them in diagnosing cavities, carious lesions, or other damage within the mouth. By using an Intraoral camera, a dentist can detect cavities more accurately and locate problematic areas before they become even worse. Early detection can result in easier and less invasive treatment for the patient.
Certain types of intraoral cameras are designed to take both videos and still photographs. We have all heard the saying “a picture is worth a thousand words.” In the dental office, this statement is very true. When a dentist uses a high quality Intraoral camera, the camera can display the image on a monitor that is viewable by both the dentist and the patient. This allows the dentist to have an outstanding perspective as well as the patient to see with their own eyes what the dentist sees. Patients will have the opportunity to see large-scale and clear images of cavities, cracks, and lesions throughout their mouth. When the dentist gives the official diagnosis and explains a treatment recommendation, the patient will have far more confidence and be more comfortable in receiving the treatment.
An Intraoral camera is clearly an essential asset for any dental practice. By having stored images on file, a dentist can go back whenever he or she wants to review cases prior to procedures or follow-up appointments. Many dentists use these cameras for both educational and legal purposes as well. By having documentation of various procedures, medical schools have a tool to help educate future dentists on various oral issues and procedures. Intraoral cameras feature disposable probe covers which helps to maintain cleanliness and prevent the spread of bacteria, germs, or viruses. These cameras have greatly impacted the dental community and are still being updated and researched for further improvements in technology and functionality.