Regularly visiting the dentist is an important part of maintaining your overall good health. Sometimes, however, it can be difficult to find the motivation to go. This is especially true when you can’t see potential issues brewing, and assume that your oral health is fine because you aren’t experiencing pain or obvious physical changes. That doesn’t mean that everything is okay, however, as oftentimes the worst issues are hiding inside our teeth themselves, hiding out of sight. This is why tools like the intraoral camera are so important. With our intraoral camera, Downtown Dental Care can help you better understand your oral health as well as any issues that we might find.
What is an intraoral camera?
An intraoral camera is a camera that is designed to be used inside of your mouth to more closely examine your teeth and your gums. The camera can be easily maneuvered as it is the size of a pen, and it is an invaluable tool in the fight against tooth decay and gum disease. The camera is hooked up to a color screen that shows you exactly what the dentist is looking at, enabling them to more thoroughly and easily explain what issues they’re seeing and how they’d like to proceed with treatment. An intraoral camera can also help dentists better see what is going on inside of your teeth – and since you can see exactly what the dentist sees, that means that you will better see what’s happening inside your teeth.
A More Thorough Examination
One of the biggest benefits that an intraoral camera gives to dentists as well as patients is its ability to accurately magnify your teeth and your mouth in order to closely examine gum tissue and teeth in minute detail. Some cameras can even magnify up to 100 times larger than your actual features! That provides an incredible advantage to dentists and helps them provide a more accurate diagnosis and prescribe a more precise treatment plan that can be carefully and easily monitored.
A More Productive Appointment
Because the intraoral camera will display your mouth and teeth upon a screen as the examination is conducted, you can easily understand what we are pointing out. This helps you get a better idea about why you need to do certain things in order to maintain your oral health, and it also affords you the relatively new opportunity to look for things that concern you and to ask for information. The intraoral camera is, in other words, an incredible piece of technology that has revolutionized the way that dentists and their patients communicate.
At Downtown Dental Care, we understand just how important it is to keep our patients well informed and involved in their own dental care. We are happy to be able to use the intraoral camera as part of our process, and we invite you to come use it, too! If you are in need of a visit, an evaluation, or an examination, call us at (503) 420-7600 today! We are more than happy to schedule an appointment and help ensure that your teeth are in the best shape possible.