What is an Intra-Oral Camera?
An intra-oral camera is a small device, about the size of a large pen. It is used in place of the traditional mirror that your dentist uses to examine your teeth. This camera takes real time images of the inside of your mouth and projects them onto a monitor. It can also be used to take photos.
Intra-oral cameras help your dentist to get a better view of what is going on inside your mouth. Images can be frozen and then your dentist can zoom in on certain areas for a closer examination. This can aid in the diagnosis of issues in the very early stages, before they get out of control.
Using an intra-oral camera allows your dentist to create a digital file for you. Pictures can be compared from visit to visit, which allows your dentist to monitor changes in your mouth, such as the healing of gum disease or the position of your teeth.
Have you ever sat in the dentist's chair and been uneasy because you don't know what's happening in your mouth? With the use of an intra-oral camera, you can see exactly what your dentist sees, and what he's doing. This way, sounds suddenly don't seem so unsettling. And you'll also be able to understand why your dentist is telling you to see a specialist or floss more often.
At Home Care
Images from your exam can be printed out for you to take home. With these images, you know what to look for while you are brushing, and if you notice any changes, no matter how minor, you can contact your dentist right away.
Intra-oral cameras are one of the latest advancements in dental technology. Contact our office to find out if one is used in your office, and learn more about how it can make your dental care a snap.