"Seeing is believing."
That statement is especially true for patients who receive news that they suddenly need a new treatment or procedure. Sometimes patients come to us and it has been awhile since their last dental visit or their health has changed and caused dental conditions to arise.
When we explain treatment, we want you to fully understand your condition, your treatment options, and the consequences of not treating your condition, so you can make the best decision possible for your oral health.
What Is an Intraoral Camera?
An intraoral camera is a small handheld device that can record still images and video inside your mouth. We place a protective sleeve over the camera, which we change for each patient to maintain sterilization standards. This high-resolution camera can take pictures of individual teeth or an isolated area of your mouth.
When Dr. Spaska Malaric performs a comprehensive exam, she records any conditions she might find in your chart. For some patients, seeing a picture of their condition can help them make a decision regarding their oral health. For those patients, the intraoral camera provides answers to many questions.
Using an Intraoral Camera in Case Presentation
For certain conditions, seeing the problem can provide you with a visual description that adds meaning to a diagnosis. Some of the most commonly diagnosed conditions that we can capture on our intraoral camera include:
Cracks – When your tooth has a crack, you may not experience symptoms until it's too late. By the time you feel pain, your tooth could split and require an extraction. By treating cracks early with a protective dental crown, you can prolong the life of your tooth. An intraoral camera can capture images that show cracks in your teeth so that you can see your condition clearly.
Decay – Not all decay is visible with an intraoral camera. Decay between the teeth and below your gum line may not be visible except with a digital x-ray. Using our intraoral camera, however, we can take images of surface decay or pitting.
Gum disease – Have you ever wondered what gum disease looks like? Red, swollen, and bleeding gums indicate a problem we can record with our intraoral camera. We can use the images to track your progress so you can see your improvement over time.
Plaque and tartar buildup – Sometimes patients come to us with some catching up to do. If you have excessive plaque or tartar, we can show it to you using our intraoral camera. Having a before-and-after photo once your teeth are clean can be a valuable learning tool.
Lesions – If you have a suspicious lesion inside your mouth, we can take a picture of it using our intraoral camera and compare it over time to see if the lesion is healing or if it requires a biopsy.
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If you like to have all of the necessary information before making a decision regarding your oral health, Alliance Dental can meet your needs. We work with our patients using education and the latest dental treatments available to help you make an informed decision about your health and wellness.