IntraOral Camera

Advantages of Intraoral Cameras

While the interest in digital radiography has been primarily responsible for the increased demand for technology in the dental practice, intraoral cameras should not be overlooked, as they provide an incredible tool for the practitioner who wants to involve the patient in their diagnosis and treatment. Intraoral cameras have been used for dental applications since the early 1990s. Recent surveys have shown that intraoral cameras are found in about 50% of all dental offices, which seems to indicate that they may have reached their peak in this regard. Anyone that has used an intraoral camera is aware of the advantages that these systems offer:

  1. Most cameras are capable of magnifying images at a significant level. This can be an invaluable tool in allowing the dentist to see pathology, such as open margins, fractures, and caries, that wouldn’t easily be seen without this level of magnification.

  1. The ability to have images on a computer monitor screen that is visible to the patient is a large benefit. Most experts agree that one of the keys to improving patient acceptance to our treatment plans is the concept of “co-diagnosis”. In other words, allowing the patient to see the problems that we see will allow them to participate in the diagnosis of their dental problems, and they will then be more inclined to accept our recommendations for treating problems that they may have been previously unaware that they had.

  1. The cameras allow us to have a permanent record of a patient’s condition before we begin treatment. This can be quite beneficial for cosmetic cases where we can show patients before and after photos of their teeth. Also, for legal reasons, it will often be valuable to have a record of a patient’s condition before treatment began, just in case the patient is unhappy with the results and is considering legal action.

  1. Adding photo documentation to an insurance claim will often speed up the approval of that claim.