Oral exams are a crucial part of maintaining a healthy mouth. Exams enable us to spot potential issues in their earliest stages, which then allows us to provide you with the treatment you need to restore your oral health before the issues become more serious. Advancements in dental technology have allowed us to provide you with a much higher quality of care. At Summercrest Dental, we use intraoral cameras, which provide for a more thorough oral exam.
What is an Intraoral Camera?
For many years, a small handheld mirror was used to take a closer look at your teeth, including in hard to see areas. While it can be used to see several things, it also has many limitations. An intraoral camera is a digital camera that allows us to see the visible structures inside your mouth much more effectively than a handheld mirror. The wand, which is approximately the size of a large pen, has a small camera at one end. The other end is attached to a computer on the other. The camera is placed in your mouth and, as we move it, it captures real-time images that are displayed on a monitor. In addition to real-time images, we can also take stills with the click of a button. Taking stills enables us to remove the camera so that you can relax and give your mouth a break while we take a closer look.
Improved Diagnostics and Treatment Planning
With the help of specialized software, we can manipulate still images in a variety of different ways on the computer. We can zoom in and enhance specific areas to detect small details. We can add color or display images in the negative. These features allow us to make a more accurate diagnosis and form a more effective treatment plan that will provide you with the best possible results.
Becoming More Actively Involved in Your Oral Care
The images that we take during your exam can be printed out so that you can take them home. They enable you to see what certain things look like in your mouth. With an image for reference, you can monitor your mouth for any changes. The moment you do notice a change, you can then take action immediately and call the office. By becoming more active in your oral care, you can prevent potentially serious issues from occurring.
Storing Images in a Digital File
Images, no matter if they were pictures, x-rays, or other types of images, used to be stored in a paper file in a drawer or on a shelf. If we needed to reference an older image, it could take time to dig through the file to find it. Additionally, images could get damaged or lost. Images taken with an intraoral camera are stored in your digital file. When we need to pull up an older image, we simply have to click a few buttons. We can even display your older image side by side with your new image so that we can check for changes.
Easing Your Anxieties and Gaining Your Trust
Many patients experience anxiety or even fear when it comes to going to the dentist, even for a routine cleaning and exam. Often these feelings are caused because you cannot see what we are doing or because you have no control. Even if we explain things to you, you might not be able to picture what we are telling you. Some patients do not believe situations are as bad as they are. With an intraoral camera, you can see exactly what we are doing as we are doing it. You can also see the exact condition of your mouth. This can help to ease your fears and anxieties and can help to build your trust in us.
With an intraoral camera, we can more thoroughly examine your mouth, which helps to greatly improve the quality of your care. For more information about intraoral cameras, call Summercrest Dental today at (503) 649-7701.