Intraoral Camera Reveals the Truth About Your Teeth
We strive to provide all of our patients with the highest quality and the most advanced dental care. With this in mind, we have a piece of equipment to help you better understand and "see" your dental health. Advances in modern video camera equipment have allowed dental manufacturers to develop a very small video camera for use in the dental office. With a camera about the size of a pen, we can film your mouth and present it as an image on a monitor that is magnified 10-40 times its natural size.
What You Can't See Can Hurt You
It's not necessarily pleasant to come face to face with your own dental condition. But it's important to do so for several reasons. First, the camera may reveal the early stages of potentially serious problems, helping you make an informed decision about your treatment options. This is especially helpful with gum disease and other conditions where pain is a latent indicator of a problem. Second, the camera's honest survey can show in a moment how well you're doing with your regular home hygiene. This helps you and your dentist realistically assess what steps you might need to take on your own to improve things.
You Will Be Able To See Your Needed Care
For years, we have described diseases of the teeth and gums and drawn pictures to attempt to illustrate the problem and the needed treatment. The old adage "A picture is worth a thousand words" could not be truer when using the intra-oral camera.
A sterilized small probe shaped camera is moved around the inside of your mouth. This will provide you with a tooth by tooth video exam of your teeth. You can see your teeth enlarged in living color on our computer screen in the treatment room. We can freeze and store the picture of the inside of your mouth for a bigger and better look and then take an instant photograph for you and your records.
This painless no radiation technique allows you to see problems such as worn-out, defective fillings, fractured teeth, decay, bleeding gums and plaque. Also, the intraoral camera allows us to see things that may not appear with a traditional x-ray and can help us detect minor problems before they become more significant. Together we can discuss your treatment plan with you for restoring your mouth to optimal health.
To improve your care, we've invested in a new way of looking into your mouth - a procedure that's fast and incredibly precise - digital X-rays. Digital X-rays are computer-generated images. These images require up to 90% less radiation than with conventional film type X-rays. What's even more amazing is that we get an image that is large, clear and accurate, right next to your chair…ready for discussion. The computer allows enlargement, highlighting, magnifying, inverting, clear viewing, color-coding and contrasting of X-ray photos for educational purposes. These larger-enhanced images let you see what the doctor sees, so it's easier for you to understand how we will treat your teeth. Further, we can store it on our computer files, thus saving paper. For insurance purposes, referrals or patient education, it can be accurately reproduced any number of times. This new technology adds further benefits for our patients. We can detect cavities far better than with the old system, and sooner and smaller than ever before. That means that we can correct them sooner and easier for you, before they seriously weaken the tooth. In summary, digital X-rays are faster and allow us to provide better quality care.
Why do I need a panoramic X-ray?
A panoramic X-ray gives us a comprehensive view of your mouth, including your teeth, jawbone, jaw joint, and the sinuses. It gives us valuable information about a variety of oral conditions, including:
- Position of wisdom teeth
- Jaw-joint problems
- Sinus Problems
- Receding bone levels resulting from periodontal disease
What happens during the procedure?
First we cover you with a lead apron to protect the rest of your body while we take X-rays of your mouth. Then the X-ray film is positioned outside your mouth, and the X-ray head rotates around you.
Are panoramic X-rays safe?
Dental X-rays use high-speed film, so the amount of radiation exposure is very low. A panoramic X-ray adds only about as much radiation as you would get in 10 days from natural sources such as sunlight, minerals in the soil, home appliances, and through the atmosphere from space. Panoramic X-rays are comfortable and safe. They give us vital information that we cannot get from any other source.