You are most likely quite familiar with the small metal handheld mirrors that are used during your dental exams. These mirrors enable us to see more difficult areas of your teeth and mouth. While these mirrors are helpful, they have their limitations. An intraoral camera is a technological improvement on the traditional handheld mirror. This electronic device is a small camera that allows us to more closely examine the visible structures within your mouth. It consists of a wand approximately the size of a large pen. It has a camera on one end and is attached to a computer on the other. The camera captures real-time images that are then displayed on a computer monitor, which allows us to see your mouth more closely. In addition to real-time images, we can also take stills, which we can then more closely examine without you having to hold your mouth open for long periods of time.
Improved Diagnoses and More Effective Treatment Plans
When we take stills of your mouth for closer examination, we can employ the use of specialized software that allows us to zoom in on suspect areas an enhance those images for a better view. We can also change the colors of the images. All of these features help us to detect the smallest issues in your mouth. By spotting the smallest details, we are also better equipped to formulate a more effective treatment plan.
Become More Active in Your Oral Care
Any images that we take of your mouth can be printed out for you to take home. With these images, you can then more easily monitor the condition of your mouth. The moment you notice any changes, you can contact our office for an appointment.
Traditionally, any images that were taken of your mouth were stored in your paper file. If your file was large, going through to find older images could take precious time. Additionally, images could get damaged or lost. The images taken with the intraoral camera are stored in your digital file. When we need to compare a new image to an older one, we can easily find a previous image with just a few clicks of a button. We can then take your old image and compare it side by side with your new image to check for changes.
Gaining Your Trust
Many people experience fear or anxiety over the idea of dental visits, including routine cleanings and exams. These feelings are often brought about because those individuals feel out of control. Others may be anxious because they do not know what we are doing, and their feelings are not eased even if we explain what we are doing. There are even some patients who do not believe that issues with their mouth are as serious as they are told. With an intraoral camera, you can see everything that we are doing as we do it. You can also see any issues that we find. These benefits of the camera can help you to trust us and ease your anxiety.
Intraoral cameras allow us to more easily see the visible structures of your mouth, enabling us to greatly improve the quality of care that we can offer. Call Shenandoah Family Dentistry today at (540) 667-8731 for more information.