Dental technology has advanced by leaps and bounds in recent decades, with state-of-the-art equipment and highly trained dentists available to perform revolutionary procedures. Intraoral cameras are a wonderful example of such advanced technology. Continue reading to learn more about what an intraoral camera is and what it does.
While X-rays are very valuable for providing information about teeth and bone placement, they cannot show a dentist what is actually happening in the patient’s mouth. The intraoral camera was invented for this express purpose. An intraoral camera is a highly sophisticated piece of diagnostic technology that aids dental professionals in seeing inside a patient’s mouth.
Each intraoral camera has a built-in light source that makes viewing the structures of the mouth easier. These devices allow dental professionals to zoom in on a tooth with 25 times magnification. This gives the dental professional a “video tour” of the mouth. The images captured by the camera are displayed on a computer or television monitor, allowing other technicians and the patient to clearly see what is happening inside the mouth.
Using an intraoral camera is helpful for diagnosing many dental problems, including cracked teeth, worn or broken fillings, plaque deposits, cavities, and excessive wear. The use of an intraoral camera also enables to patient to be an active partner in his or her dental care—the patient can see where problems occur and will be able to make treatment decisions with more comprehensive knowledge. An intraoral camera can even snap photos that can be printed out for the patient to take home.
At Northern Virginia Dental Associates, we are committed to providing each and every patient with the utmost in dental care. We utilize advanced dental tools and procedures, including intraoral cameras, to meet all of our patients’ needs. Please give us a call today at (888) 862-0095 to learn more or to schedule a consultation.