Intraoral cameras provide clear and detailed pictures of your teeth and other oral structures. An intraoral camera is a small, handheld device that a dentist uses to examine your teeth closely. The camera displays a magnified image of your teeth on a nearby monitor. This allows our dentist to detect problems, such as early signs of cavities and gum disease, that are difficult to see with the naked eye. The camera can also capture images of hard-to-reach areas.
At Town Center Dental, our dentist uses this advanced technology to detect early signs of cavities, cracks, injuries, and other dental problems. The camera is connected to a computer so the dentist can easily view the images, store them, as well as transfer them as required.
How Are Intraoral Cameras Used?
Intraoral cameras are valuable diagnostic tools and allow patients to understand their oral condition from a different perspective. The camera can pinpoint and show the extent of cavities, cracks, fractures, or decay. Some dentists also use intraoral cameras to educate patients about their oral hygiene practices, showing them images of where their toothbrush is not reaching as well as it should be. These images help show the patient where they need to focus more when brushing at home.
Intraoral cameras are also great for helping dentists explain to patients what procedures they have planned and the results that can be expected. This helps patients visualize what their end results will look like, which can help them feel more confident in moving forward with treatment.
The Advantages of Intraoral Cameras
An intraoral camera is a small device that takes close-up images inside the mouth. These images provide our dentist with information that may otherwise be difficult to notice with the naked eye. The images are then projected onto a monitor in the treatment room so that the patient and dentist can view them together while discussing the findings. Because the camera can capture images as small as the pores on a person’s skin, these images can help detect early signs of tooth decay or gum disease, including abscesses that aren’t visible to the naked eye.
Intraoral cameras are also helpful for certain types of cosmetic procedures. This may include helping dentists visualize certain aspects of the inside of your mouth before recommending treatment for tooth discoloration, cracked teeth, gaps between teeth, and more. During your examination, our dentist might use an intraoral camera to zoom in on a particular area of concern to take a closer look at the teeth, gums, or other tissues to offer treatments that can improve your oral health.
For more information about our dental services, contact Town Center Dental at 301 E Cook St, Ste F, Santa Maria, CA 93454, or call (805) 925-2652 to schedule a consultation with our dentist.