How Can I See What the Dentist Sees?
Have you ever wondered what exactly is happening in your mouth while you’re at the dentist? Or maybe you’re wondering what the dentist is seeing. In the past, you had to wait to see your mouth on an X-ray and watch as the dentist pointed out the problem and explained what you were seeing. Now, there is a new technology that allows you to see the inside of your mouth on screen while you are being examined.
An intraoral camera is a small, handheld digital camera. Although small in size, it is a powerful tool that takes high-definition images that the dentist can then use to evaluate your oral health. The camera is also beneficial because it can reach small or tight areas inside your mouth that might be more difficult to view with a traditional X-ray. By detecting problem areas early using the camera, your dentist can quickly provide the treatments you will need to bring you back to full oral health.
An intraoral camera can help detect issues such as:
- tooth decay
- gum disease
- chipped or cracked teeth
The intraoral camera also allows you to have more of a role during your visit. The dentist can project the images onto a screen to better explain what is being viewed and give further details about areas that might be a concern. This helps you, the patient, have a better understanding of what is happening in your mouth.
Since the intraoral camera takes high-definition digital images, it is very easy for our office to submit these photos to your insurance company, which can help with an approval for a needed procedure.
If you would like more information on the intraoral camera or other cutting-edge dental technology we use at our Phoenix office, please feel free to contact us today.