Patients are beginning to increase their dental IQ and becoming less afraid to question the treatment their dentist proposes. Here at The Center of Dental Professionals, we keep this in mind, which is why one of the diagnostic tools we use is an Intraoral camera.
Dentistry has changed significantly over the past several years. We no longer rely on just digital radiographs, an explorer and the dentists training and education to diagnose specific treatment options. Although those are valid and advantageous ways to diagnose, we now have additional tools to help educate our patients and provide diverse treatment options. With the advancements in diagnostic tools and scientific research, the days of using the explorer exclusively to feel for and diagnose decay are over. It is now almost standard practice to use magnification, intraoral cameras, and caries detection devices.
With today’s digital technology, we are now able to use an intraoral camera to take instant photos inside your mouth of preexisting conditions to be aware of and show these images to you as a patient.
We believe in the power of educating our patients to make an informed decision when it comes to their dental needs. When we can show our patients, in real time, what we see as dental providers, we are building the relationship of trust. It is important that when we present any treatment, our patients are fully aware, can see for themselves and then choose the path of treatment options offered by the dentist.
This revolutionary new technology gives patients the ability to fully evaluate their oral health by viewing existing restorations, gingival health, and cavities that may not be seen by the naked eye. Combining this technology with digital x-rays and the dentist training, as well as experience, allows patients to be completely informed and confident about the treatment options presented to them.
Here are five advantages of an intraoral camera:
- Instant Diagnosis: You can instantly see what your dentist or dental hygienist sees while they perform an oral health evaluation. You can even take the driver’s seat and peruse your mouth by holding the camera and watching live on the monitor as you move from tooth to tooth.
- Accuracy: You know the saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words,” it truly is the case when looking at an intraoral image of your mouth. Using this technology allows a dentist to show you, a hairline fracture in your tooth, discuss the consequences of that fracture and enable you to decide to move forward with the recommended treatment confidently. It also allows us to track any changes that might occur over time.
- Referral Source and Second Opinion: If your dentist needs to refer you to a specialist, they can quickly take an intraoral image and email it to the specialist. An intraoral camera is also an excellent resource as a second opinion. You not only hear the dentist and his team relay to you what they see, but you can see for yourself on these clear images.
- Co-Planning: Together you and your dentist can discuss the best treatment plan for you – YOU get to decide the direction of your treatment.
- Educational Tool: An intraoral camera is a great educational tool and shows you exactly what is going on in your mouth. Your dentist can enlarge the image and show and tell you what they see.
Here is an example of a fracture, clearly visible on the intraoral image:
Intraoral cameras also enable the dentist to share before and after pictures of treatment performed in the office, allowing patients to see improvements in their teeth after procedures such as decay removal, amalgam replacement, crown and bridge work, gingival and periodontal treatment, and significant cosmetic cases. These photos can also be used to educate and show prospective patients any procedures that have been completed by the dentist.
In a world where consumers require the ability to access complete information while controlling their financial decisions, here at The Center of Dental Professionals we are excited to meet our patient’s needs in this regard. A diagnosis can now be made, shown and explained to a patient easily and efficiently, allowing patients an honest approach to dentistry.
While it may take a few minutes longer to perform an exam on a patient with the use of intraoral cameras, we find that our patients appreciate the time and effort that we take to help them fully understand their oral health needs.
Our commitment is that each and every patient leaves our office with a full understanding of their oral health needs, feel we are honest and transparent and that we work together to provide exceptional dental care.