Intraoral cameras allow the patient and providers to clearly see what is going on in the mouth. The hygienist or dentist will take pictures of your teeth, gums and mouth and show them to you, magnified, on the screen in your treatment room. The intraoral camera is not just a diagnostic tool; it is very useful as an educational aid as well. Additionally, the use of the camera is a time saver in helping you understand your overall oral health status as the processing of the images is instantaneous.
Our standard of care includes having a ‘tour of your mouth’ recorded at your first visit by taking individual pictures throughout your mouth. The baseline is saved and you and your provider can compare to see how things have improved or deteriorated at future visits.
The intraoral camera is used to demonstrate and show:
- Areas of infection and bleeding of the gums
- The accumulation of plaque and tartar
- Fillings and restorations that are breaking down
- Cracked teeth
- Lesions on the gum tissue or inside of the cheek
- Wear patterns on teeth from grinding or clenching
The use of intraoral pictures has become part of the high standard of care provided in our office. It allows you, the patient, to see what is going on and be more involved and aware of the treatment needs and decisions for your oral health.