Regular dental visits are essential for maintaining the health of your mouth. The American Dental Association recommends cleanings and exams every six months in addition to your daily brushing and flossing routine. Your dental exams are important for spotting the earliest warning signs of oral health issues before they have a chance to develop into something more serious. There are some parts of your mouth, however, that are more difficult to see than others. At Nicholas W. Feldman, DDS, MBA, we can provide you with a more thorough oral exam thanks to the intraoral camera.
What is an Intraoral Camera?
You are probably very familiar with the small handheld mirror that has been used during your dental cleanings and exams in the past. This mirror has been used to allow us to see the hard to see areas of your teeth. The intraoral camera is a technological improvement on this mirror. It is a handheld tool about the size of a large pen. It is equipped with a small optical camera on one end and attached to a computer on the other. The camera captures real-time images, allowing us to see all areas inside your mouth on a computer monitor. The camera also allows us to capture stills with the click of a button. The stills allow us to take a longer look at certain areas of your mouth without you needing to keep your mouth open for extended periods of time.
More Effective Diagnoses and Treatment Plans
In addition to providing us with a larger view of your mouth on the computer monitor, specialized software allows us to take a much more in-depth look at suspect areas. Thanks to the software, we can zoom in on a target spot and enhance the image for clarity. These, and other, features allow us to see the smallest details in your mouth, including those that we might not have otherwise been able to see with a mirror. With the ability to spot the smallest issues, we can provide you with a much more accurate diagnosis and a much more effective treatment plan.
Take a Look Inside Your Mouth
As we take a look inside your mouth, you can take a look as well. With images of your mouth displayed on a computer monitor, you get a unique look into your mouth, and you can see things you might never otherwise see. With the ability to look at the structures in your mouth, and any issues that we may find, you are better able to understand your diagnosis and why we are recommending certain treatments. This can also be beneficial for those who suffer from dental anxiety.
Digital Storage for Easy Image Recall
These days, your information is no longer stored in a paper chart. Instead, everything is recorded in a digital chart. Any images we take with the intraoral camera can be stored in this digital chart. In addition to greatly reducing the risk of the images getting lost or ruined, we can more easily locate older images to compare with new ones. This helps to save time, allowing us to devote more of our attention to your appointment and you.
Helping You to Spot Changes Sooner
Images can also be printed so that you can take them home. Printed images provide you with a reference point. The moment you notice any changes in your mouth, you can call the office and schedule an appointment. Noticing changes sooner can help to prevent serious issues from occurring later.
With the intraoral camera, we can more easily see harder to access areas of your mouth. We are also able to spot the smallest details, allowing us to spot issues in their earliest stages before they become something more severe. For more information, and to find out how the intraoral camera can help improve your oral care, call Nicholas W. Feldman, DDS, MBA today at (907) 802-4519.