In recent years, dental technology has come a long way. One of the advances in dental technology that we are pleased to be able to offer at our Calgary dental office is the intraoral camera.
What is an intraoral camera?
An intraoral camera is a diagnostic tool that your dentist may use to perform a detailed examination of your mouth.
The intraoral camera is a wand-shaped device that looks somewhat like an oversized pen. It has a camera that takes high-resolution video or images of the inside of your mouth. It also has a monitor that can be set up chair side to show you and your dentist the images in real time, a bit like a high-tech version of hand mirrors!
Benefits of Intraoral Scanners
Intraoral cameras have a variety of features that make them highly effective diagnostic tools, including LED lights, a rotating head, and powerful magnifying capabilities. These features allow your dentist to examine your mouth in greater detail and provide more accurate diagnoses as a result. We can also can attach the photos to your health record to make tracking any changes easy.
In addition, intraoral cameras can also help us create a more positive patient experience and better results.
Your dentist has the expertise to understand your symptoms and conditions, but it can be difficult for them to explain them clearly to the patient. Using a mouth mirror can help, but these are small and hard for the patient to see. X-ray images can also be helpful, but they can take time to print and they don't display images very clearly.
With an intraoral camera, you can see exactly what your dentist sees in the moment on the monitor. This allows the dentist to discuss specific issues with your oral health with you, and actually show them to you. This is beneficial because the more you see, the more you'll understand, and the more confident you can be when making treatment decisions.