Intraoral cameras are revolutionizing dentist-patient communication. Patients can feel more at ease and confident in their treatment if they understand the diagnoses made by the dentist. A small wand, about the size of a pen, contains a camera connected to a computer in the dentist’s examination room. Waving the wand through the mouth yields a full-colour photo of the mouth and teeth, including all of the nooks and crannies, magnified thirty times over. The dentist can play this recording on a large screen, where both doctor and patient can see, pausing and examining any potential problems.
An intraoral dental examination can reveal far more about the health of a patient’s mouth than a traditional exam alone. By magnifying each part of the teeth and gums, dentists can more clearly see the early warning signs of gum disease and oral cancer. If a dentist needs to refer a patient to a specialist, the videos and images obtained via intraoral cameras procedure can help to highlight areas of concern between professionals and allow for continuous care of treatment. It may also aid in ongoing evaluation by showing improvements made along the way and where improvement is lacking, allowing for treatment methods to be adjusted as they progress.
Perhaps most useful to patients, intraoral dental procedures can make dentistry more accessible and easy to understand. Patients will understand the necessity of the treatments, as they can see what the dental professional is also seeing. A crack in the mouth can now be seen on a screen for a patient to also see.