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Intraoral Cameras

Intraocular cameras are changing the face of routine dental procedures. The intraoral camera gives the patient a unique view of each tooth – allowing them to understand the diagnosis and make informed treatment decisions.

The intraoral camera is connected to the computer in the dental operatory. A pen-sized wand is inserted into the mouth, and a movie of the patient’s mouth is created. This movie can be magnified to allow every aspect of the teeth, gums and oral cavity to be viewed in full color. The intraoral camera is an incredibly valuable tool, which brings dentistry to life.

How can the intraoral camera help?

Using internally facing cameras is a fairly comfortable procedure for patients. Here are some of the main uses of an inside-view camera.

Education and preventive care are very important in dentistry. An indoor camera can highlight areas where home hygiene may be lacking. Any problems can then be corrected before aggressive treatment is needed.

Conditions such as gum disease and oral cancer can show mild symptoms early on. An oral imaging scan can clearly reveal this information for both the dentist and the patient.

No matter how well a dentist might describe a condition, it is easier to understand the issue if it can be seen. Looking at tooth decay and problem teeth helps patients understand why certain treatments are recommended to maximize health and aesthetic results.
Some treatments impact the teeth slowly. The internal-view camera allows treatment adjustments along the way, if necessary, to ensure desired results.
One of the most common patient concerns is not being able to see the condition that needs to be addressed. An internal camera highlights problem areas, increasingly denying individuals the treatment they need.
On occasion, a patient may need to be referred to a specialist for more complex treatment. If the specialist is able to view clear images of the teeth in advance, communication of treatment goals is improved.

How will the intraoral camera be used?

The inside-facing camera is about the size and shape of a pen. A thin rod is inserted into the tip and rotated until a clear image of the teeth or areas of concern can be recorded. Images appear on a computer screen and are stored in the patient’s chart. Images of individual areas can be enlarged to allow the dentist to define and evaluate any discrete problems. One of the biggest advantages of an inside-view camera is that it prevents patients from being exposed to radiation. The intraocular camera is one of the most useful and versatile diagnostic tools available.