Turn Patients Into Partners
People seldom have a clear idea of the actual status of their dental health. Even with lights and mirrors, a patient can’t see what the dentist can – that is, until now.
We use intraoral cameras frequently in our office. An intraoral camera is a pen-sized, camera-tipped wand that specializes in taking pictures of teeth. The camera simply takes pictures of the inside of your mouth and transmits the images to a computer monitor that you can comfortably view from the dental chair.
Aha! There it is – your mouth enlarged on the screen. The dentist can point out problem areas and explain recommendations for treatment, so you’ll become an informed partner in your dental care instead of a bystander.
Seeing your dental problems may seem overwhelming at first, but consider it the first step toward a healthier, fresher smile. The camera may reveal the early stages of potentially serious problems, allowing you the opportunity to catch small problems before they escalate.
This is especially helpful with gum disease and conditions that cause damage without causing pain. The camera’s honest survey can also show you how your regular home hygiene routine is paying off. The dentist or hygienist can recommend ways to improve your home care based on their findings.