Intraoral cameras allow dentists to take close-up photos of the teeth from angles that they could not otherwise see, facilitating the diagnosis process. This can even be true when a patient has undergone an X-ray, as certain conditions may be more apparent "in the flesh."
Establish a "Baseline"
Any anomalies from these photos will then be more easily identifiable as potential causes for concern. Dental photos can also make visits more convenient for patients, who may have otherwise needed to be subjected to hours of visual examination for a proper diagnosis.
Intraoral photos are an invaluable tool for accurate charting of your dental condition. These images provide a comprehensive visual record, allowing dentists to track changes, improvements, or concerns over time. This meticulous documentation aids in creating a well-informed and personalized treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.
Identifying Restorative Materials
Intraoral photos help dentists identify both existing dental restorations and ideal restorative materials. This ensures that any previous dental work is considered when planning new treatments, contributing to the overall success and longevity of dental restorations.
Visualize Oral Health
Beyond diagnosis, intraoral photos contribute to patient education by visually presenting oral health conditions. Patients can better understand their dental issues, making them active participants in their treatment journey. Visualizing oral health can also motivate individuals to adhere to preventive measures, promoting overall well-being.
The process of taking intraoral photos can cause discomfort for some patients, leading to resistance or anxiety, particularly in individuals with a sensitive gag reflex.
Limited Field of View
Intraoral photos provide a close-up view but have a restricted field of view compared to other imaging modalities, potentially missing comprehensive information available in broader images.
Inability to Capture Depth
Intraoral photos may not effectively capture the three-dimensional depth of certain dental conditions, impacting the accuracy of diagnosis and treatment planning.
Advanced Intraoral Cameras
Our clinic employs cutting-edge intraoral cameras for precise and detailed dental examinations.
The experienced team at Dental Design Studio of Gilbert utilizes these cameras to ensure accurate and thorough diagnoses.
Comprehensive Treatment Plans
With the aid of state-of-the-art technology, we develop personalized treatment plans that address your specific oral health needs.
Comfortable and Informative Experience
Our commitment is to make your dental experience comfortable, informative, and uniquely tailored to your individual requirements.
Will my insurance carrier accept dental photos as verification of my condition?
The answer depends on your carrier and condition. However, most insurance carriers require some form of charting, radiographs, or narrative before disbursing benefits. Intraoral photographs can often help to support a patient’s case.
How are dental photos useful in prostheses?
Stone models are commonly used to depict a patient's tooth position and shape. Unfortunately, these models fail to capture tooth or gingival character, color, or shade. Color-corrected intraoral photos can assist in creating the most natural-looking prosthetic teeth for the patient.
What should I expect when my dental photos are being taken?
We may take intraoral photos before, during, or after your treatment. In any case, you will need to rest comfortably in one of our chairs and hold certain positions. We will set up lights and mirrors to get the most accurate depiction of the mouth, and we may hold back your lips as necessary to allow for a good view of the mouth and teeth. Once we have taken the photographs, Dental Design Studio of Gilbert will review them with you and point out both the healthy areas and potential areas of concern.
What are some dental conditions that you can identify with intraoral photos?
There is a wide array of health conditions we may be able to detect with intraoral photography. Some of the most common are cavities, cracks, decay, enamel texture, gum disease, and tooth and gum abnormalities.
Do I need to take intraoral photos every time I go to the dentist?
No. Every patient has different needs. Some may need to take more frequent intraoral photos, and some may need to take less. In any case, they are generally not required during every check-up. Dental Design Studio of Gilbert may use intraoral photography to establish any existing conditions or make a diagnosis before creating a customized treatment plan for you.