An intraoral camera is a small video camera that resembles an oversized pen that takes an X-ray of the outside of the gum or tooth. This image-taking device is typically outfitted with a disposable protective sheath for each new patient. While simultaneously viewing a monitor, the dentist inserts the camera into a patient’s mouth and gently shifts it about so that images can be taken from a variety of angles.
The camera contains a bright LED which helps dentists diagnose cavities or fractures that might be difficult to see with the naked eye. The intraoral camera can also be connected to a computer or a TV screen so the patient is able to watch while the dentist investigates the mouth which helps patients to more easily understand the condition of their teeth.
Advantages of Intraoral Cameras:
- The patient can instantly see what the dentists sees as they investigate your teeth, and also what is being done as they are being worked on
- The pictures are bigger, accurate and helps track any changes over time
- Easy for referrals or second opinions from specialists by taking a photo and emailing it to them
- Images are stored on your dental records to compare back later
- Great educational tool to show you exactly what is going on in your mouth rather than a dentist merely trying to describe it to you in words
Time savings that come with intraoral cameras are especially noticeable when your dentist needs to take several x-rays at one time. Intraoral camera images are easy to re-take, print and duplicate. Printouts can be sent to dental insurance companies to strengthen claims, a good benefit shared by you and your dentists.
In fact, these are images are so useful that some insurance companies now accept images via e-mail. Also the reduced paper trail cuts down on claim processing time and is an environmentally friendly option as well.