At Danville Family Dentistry, we think it’s important to know exactly what’s going on inside of your mouth. Plus, we want our patients to understand and be comfortable with what we’re doing. An intraoral camera helps us accurately see your mouth, teeth and gums with greater detail, so we can make a more accurate diagnosis.
An intraoral camera is about the same size and shape of a dental mirror, and resembles a wand or an over-sized pen. It has a built-in miniature camera and a small LED light to light up your mouth. The dentist holds and moves the camera around in your mouth to record video and/or take pictures of what he sees.
An intraoral camera can magnify these images up to 40 times their original size and transmit them to a computer screen. This magnification allows us to see problem areas in your mouth, such as tooth decay, cracked teeth, worn or broken fillings, plaque deposits and gum issues that we may not be able to see during a visual exam. The camera enables us to catch and treat these issues in their earliest stages.
An intraoral camera is totally painless and radiation free. Plus, it has a disposable cover to prevent any germs from being passed between patients.
Why an Intraoral Camera May Be Used in Your Dental Care
- We know some patients experience fear and anxiety when they visit the dentist. The intraoral camera and computer monitor lets you see exactly what we sees. We can show you any problem areas and more thoroughly explain what your treatment options are. Plus, we can print images for you to take home, so you can refer to them later. When you have a better understanding about your dental care, you’re less likely to be fearful or anxious.
- An intraoral camera allows us to save your images in your permanent file. We can use these images to show you the results of your treatment by providing before and after photos.
- These visual records can be used in consultations or discussions with other dental providers that you may be seeing.
- These images can be provided to your dental insurance carrier to verify your diagnosis and treatment in order to help process your insurance claim.
At Danville Family Dentistry, we feel that our use of an intraoral camera allows you to be an active partner in your dental care. And you’ll be able to make treatment decisions with more confidence. If you’re experiencing a dental problem, make an appointment with us today to see what’s going on in your mouth.