Have you ever wondered what a cavity or a filling looked like in your mouth? I am sure you tried to look in your bathroom mirror to see these things but you just can’t see because its too dark or even too far back there. At, Iliff Family Dental, we use intra oral cameras to show each patient what is happening in their mouth to help them understand when we say you have a cavity or that large filling is starting to break down and you need a crown. Intra oral cameras are not only great for education but they are also great for documentation.
First used in the early 1990s, the intraoral camera is still a relatively new piece of dental equipment that we use at Iliff Dental. Not so long ago, only a handful within the dental community used this tiny camera to take pictures of the teeth and gums. Today, the use of an intraoral camera is widespread. For those dentists who do use this device, the intraoral camera has been, and continues to be, extremely handy both in diagnosing dental conditions such as tooth decay and cracked teeth, and most importantly educating the patient.
Now with the use of an intra oral camera, the patient can see exactly what the doctor is seeing. Dr. Christopher Henes and his team love the use of intra oral cameras because they can be used to educate the patient of what exactly is happening in their mouth. This digital tool can ultimately be used to help the patient understand their examination, diagnosis, and treatment.
It’s not difficult to understand why many patients have misgivings about dental diagnoses that aren’t accompanied by pain or any visual cues that the naked eye can see. Since the intraoral camera is used in tandem with a computer screen or television monitor, your dentist can easily show you, in real-time, if you have a fractured tooth or you need gum disease treatment. In the case of the intraoral camera, a picture may be worth more than a thousand words!
The intraoral camera is especially useful during dental restoration procedures. For example, if you were to have an amalgam filling replaced with a composite resin filling, your dentist could use the intraoral camera to take “before and after” pictures and display the results simultaneously for you to see!
In addition to being a great diagnostic tool, the intraoral camera is a fantastic educational aid. Instead of merely explaining to you what’s happening inside your mouth, your dentist can actually show you. And, unlike conventional X-ray images that require processing time, there is no development time associated with intraoral cameras: The immediately available images that this tool renders can be a great time-saver for both you and your dentist.
Time-savings that come with the intraoral camera 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 your dental insurance company to strengthen claims, a benefit shared by you and your dentist. In fact, these images are so useful that some insurance companies now accept images via e-mail; the reduced paper trail cuts down on claim-processing time and is an environmentally friendly option as well.
This small, handheld video camera is about the same size as a dental mirror (or an oversized pen) and comes with a disposable plastic sheath for contamination prevention. It is used to take actual pictures of your teeth with up to 25 times magnification and project them onto a screen for your viewing. We look forward to using this device to help teach and inform you on what’s happening in your mouth.
If you are interested in learning more about digital oral camera images, call 303-695-0102 or book an appointment with our 5-star-rated dentist. We are conveniently located on Iliff near I-225. During your session, our experienced dentist and team will take the time to answer all your questions about our treatments, our office, our flexible payment options, and anything else you may want to know about us! Come to experience Iliff Family Dental and our unmatched patient experience! You will quickly see why people in Aurora, CO love us