Intra-oral cameras are used in the place of the tiny mirror that your dentist would typically use. Doctors can now show the patient images of their mouth interior. With each shot provided, the visual evidence is used to educate patients and make more accurate diagnoses. The use of an intra-oral camera delivers precise, true-to-life images of your teeth, cavities and restorations.
Intra-oral photographs are a significant addition to any patient’s dental record; they provide a static and in-depth look at the patient's dentition that can be quickly reviewed. These small cameras were introduced into the industry in 1989 and had been widely used in dental offices ever since. When these images are recorded, these records are compared with the patient's other recordings in future.
How do intra-oral cameras work?
The structure of the camera is like that of a pen that you would write with but only a little longer. The camera is situated at the tip of the pen. The camera system is designed to connect to the dentist’s computer, and when it is moved around inside the mouth, it captures the images that are transmitted to the computer for both of you to see. Intra-oral cameras allow your dentist to freeze the shots as they desire and examine them later in-depth. This is the best way to locate and identify any hidden problem areas of the mouth and prescribe the correct treatment.
Benefits of an intra-oral camera
- Early detection of oral health problems
- Improved patient to doctor relation
- Laboratory communication
- Improved accuracy of the treatment
- Medical history documentation
- Enhanced credibility for the dentist
There a variety of intra-oral cameras on the market. Different doctors choose to use different brands. However, the primary purpose of the camera can be fulfilled by most of the available intra-oral cameras. The camera is safe to use and will not cause any harm to your teeth or oral tissue.