Dental visits can sometimes seem like a mystery of sorts. As the patient, you hear all about what is going on inside your mouth but may find the information confusing and often times stressful. Here at Westmoreland Dental Group, we remedy that by not only telling you what is going on but by showing you as well.
With the aid of Intraoral Cameras, you can now see exactly what your dentist sees, instead of just hearing about it.
What is an Intraoral Camera and What Can It Do?
An Intraoral Camera is a large pen-sized video camera with a built-in light which is slowly moved around inside your mouth. It can be focused on one area, or one tooth, to gain a better view and understanding of what is really going on there. As it magnifies and captures images, your dentist can provide a diagnosis and also show you why.
How is this done? The Intraoral Camera takes clear digital images of your teeth and gums and projects those images onto a computer screen. Unlike conventional x-rays, there is no wait time, and images appear on the screen instantly.
The dentist can also enlarge an image to more clearly show you the condition of your teeth. This may include inflammation, discoloration, stress lines, broken fillings, fractures, and even minute cracks with can lead to bigger problems down the road.
Benefits of Intraoral Camera Images
There are several benefits for including an Intraoral Camera in your next dental exam.
- Images from an Intraoral Camera will allow your dentist to assess a tooth quickly and make a diagnosis before recommending a course of action.
- These digital images will also provide you with as much information as possible so you can make important decisions concerning your dental health. Patient involvement in determining a dental treatment plan is crucial to its success.
- Images captured by Intraoral Cameras will serve as a baseline of your overall oral health and will be referred back to time and time again as improvement is made or if new issues arise. In addition, the images will show the progress of each step in a dental treatment plan.
At Westmoreland Dental Group, we strive to help you understand more fully where you are in your dental health and what is needed to achieve and maintain optimal dental health going forward. Contact us today to get started.