Here at Providence Smiles, we do our best to enhance the quality of your exams so we can fully address your smile situation and provide effective treatments. We utilize advanced intraoral cameras in Hillsborough, North Carolina, to give our dentist a closer, more precise look at your smile. If you would like to learn more, please feel free to call us today at 919-732-8179 and schedule a dental exam with Dr. Kwame Gyampo.
Our dentist may use an intraoral camera during your next visit with us. This noninvasive imaging tool can be moved all around your mouth to take high-quality color photos of your teeth and soft tissue. We can then use these images to better treat you and help improve your oral health.
The intraoral camera’s small size and flexible movement allow it to reach areas of the mouth that are normally difficult to see. The camera takes multiple pictures of your mouth that are then sent directly to a monitor that you and our dentist can see in real time, making it easier for you to understand your own smile even better, as well as helping us diagnose and treat any issues earlier on and with more accuracy.
An intraoral camera can be used to:
- Examine hard-to-reach parts of the mouth
- Assess oral health
- Diagnose problems, such as gum disease, tooth decay and dental damage
- Follow up on completed treatments
Benefits of Intraoral Cameras
Intraoral cameras have many benefits, including:
- Giving our dentist and team a more detailed and comprehensive understanding of your oral health.
- A quick and comfortable imaging process.
- No waiting time for the captured images – they are sent to a nearby computer monitor as soon as the photos are taken.
- An excellent educational tool. You can view the photos alongside our dentist to understand what is happening in your mouth and why our dentist will recommend certain treatment options.
- Extremely useful in diagnosing tooth damage, such as cracked or chipped teeth, as well as problems like tooth decay and gum disease.
- Photos can easily be sent to specialists and insurance companies.
- The camera helps our dentist follow up on treatment to ensure you receive the care you need.
To find out more about intraoral cameras and schedule an appointment with our dentist, please contact our office today and speak with a member of our team!
What Is an Intraoral Camera?
An intraoral camera is a tool we use to take high-quality photos of your teeth and gums. The intraoral camera is small and shaped similar to a pen so that it can more easily maneuver around your mouth and capture images that are normally difficult to reach.
Are Intraoral Cameras Uncomfortable?
The intraoral camera does not cause any additional pain or discomfort to your dental visit. Because the camera is so small and takes pictures quickly and automatically, your intraoral scan will be quick and comfortable. There are also no side effects from using an intraoral camera during your treatment.
How Does an Intraoral Camera Help Me?
The intraoral camera helps our dentist to quickly get an accurate scan of your teeth and mouth. Not only does this help us more accurately diagnose potential issues, but the images of your mouth can be shown on a monitor so you can see what we see. This helps you be more involved in your oral health as we work together to create your treatment plan.
Is an Intraoral Camera Better Than an Extraoral Camera?
Both intraoral and extraoral cameras have their place in providing your care. However, intraoral cameras have a few advantages that more traditional extraoral X-rays do not. Here are a few of those advantages:
- The camera can go inside your mouth.
- Captured images are high-quality and can be frozen, unfrozen and zoomed in as needed for closer examination.
- The camera captures images quicker than extraoral devices.
- No wait time for downloaded images – they are immediately transferred to a nearby monitor.
- Camera wands are ergonomic and lightweight.
- Aid in early detection and treatment of developing oral health problems.
- A great educational tool that gives you better understanding of your oral health.
- Improved accuracy of recommended treatments.
- Images can be stored for future use, including before and after images and for evaluation by other dentists and specialists.
- Images can be sent quickly and easily to insurance companies to support your claims.
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