A visual inspection is a crucial part of your oral health examination. However, sometimes, even with handheld tools (such as a mirror) we still do not have the best views, which can make diagnosing issues difficult. At National Dental Upper East Side, we believe that your mouth deserves the best care possible. With the help of an intraoral camera, we can take steps to achieve this goal.
WHAT IS AN INTRAORAL CAMERA?
In the past, we have relied on small, handheld mirrors to get a better glimpse of what was going on inside your mouth. Today, we rely on the intraoral camera, which is essentially a higher tech version of the small, metal mirror. The intraoral camera is a small device, about the size of a large pen. The camera is attached to a monitor, on which real-time images are displayed. It is designed to provide us with a high-quality up-close view of the structures in your mouth so that we can make a more accurate diagnosis.
ZOOM IN ON TARGETED AREAS
The intraoral camera has numerous capabilities. Not only does it capture real-time images, but it can also take stills. This means that we can capture an image of a suspected trouble spot and examine the image without the need to hold the camera in your mouth for a longer period. We can zoom in and enhance the image, as well as display it in color or in negative, all of which give us the ability to see even the most minor signs of an issue.
YOU SEE WHAT WE SEE
It used to be that you would sit in the dentist’s chair and listen while we describe what we see in your mouth. It may have been hard for you to imagine what was being described. It’s also possible that you may not have believed the seriousness of the situation, or that anything was wrong at all. With the intraoral camera, you can see exactly what we see. This can help you to understand your diagnosis, as well as why we are recommending certain treatments.
EASY STORAGE OF IMAGES
Any still images that we take can quickly and easily become part of your digital file. On your next visit, we can recall previous images with a few simple button clicks. We can then display your new images side by side with older ones, monitoring your healing from treatment, or any other changes in your mouth that may have occurred.
BECOME MORE INVOLVED IN YOUR CARE
Images that were taken with the intraoral camera allow you to become more involved in your oral health care. We can print images for you to take home. With these images in hand, you can monitor your mouth for any sign of change. At the first sign, you can then call our office to schedule an appointment. If you can catch changes as soon as they occur, less invasive treatments may be required, and there is a higher chance for treatment success.
Many people have a fear of coming into the office. One of the reasons for this fear is because you have no idea what is happening when we examine or treat the inside of your mouth. You can only hear sounds, and what you are being told. Because the intraoral camera lets you see everything that we see, it can go a long way in easing your anxiety and allowing you to feel more comfortable during your appointment.
Using an intraoral camera has provided us with the ability to get a better view of the interior of your mouth, and therefore make a more accurate diagnosis. Call National Dental Upper East Side at (646) 736-2206 to learn just what the intraoral camera can do for you!