The best way to remedy dental problems is to catch them as early as possible, which is why regular dental checkups are recommended. But no matter how skilled the dentist is or how bright a light he or she uses, it can be difficult to see well inside of a patient’s mouth. Even with a magnifying mirror, it is possible to miss the often tiny indicators of developing problems. The intraoral camera is a technological advancement that makes it possible to not only detect the smallest of details, but also show these tiny defects to the patient and record them for later reference.
How does the Intraoral camera work?
About the size of a pen and with a tiny lens on the end, the intraoral camera is moved around inside the patient’s mouth; capturing video images that are transmitted to the dentist’s computer. The dentist can then freeze specific shots and examine the pictures of the patient’s teeth and gums, which can more easily reveal the beginnings of cavities, gum disease, or other dental maladies. These images can be enlarged, manipulated, and stored for improved diagnoses and easy record keeping.
The intraoral camera also allows patients to see for themselves what is going on inside their mouths. Often, a dentist may see a trouble spot, such as a small section of teeth that is being neglected during brushing, but can only describe the position and condition of these teeth to the patient. With the intraoral camera, the dentist can photograph the area and show the patient exactly what the teeth look like.