September 3, 2021
Many advancements in dental technology have made some of the most essential dental services (such as checkups) that much easier to complete. One of these technologies is intraoral cameras, a relatively affordable device that’s become more common in dental offices around the world. If you’ve always wondered how these devices can make your dental checkup better in almost every way, learn from a dental practice that uses an intraoral camera every day to serve their patients!
Detect Oral Health Problems Earlier
Dentists care deeply about prevention, not only because it’s cheaper for people to pay for but also because it’s the most effective way to avoid complex and often uncomfortable restorative dental treatments for tooth decay and gum disease. With an intraoral camera, dentists can detect early signs of dental problems sooner, especially issues that may otherwise be invisible to the naked eye.
Improves Relationships with Patients
Intraoral cameras are designed to make explaining a person’s oral health condition easier. This is because the device is equipped with a tiny camera in its tip for capturing high resolution images of the mouth. If you’re someone who prefers to “see to believe” when it comes to your oral health, you’ll love intraoral cameras. They work to keep you informed and improve your relationship with your dentist!
Enhanced Accuracy for Treatments
With an intraoral camera, dentists can magnify parts of the mouth and examine hard-to-reach areas even more easily compared to using a handheld dental mirror or conventional microscope. This includes problems like pulp exposures and vertical fractures, two problems that can easily get missed during a routine exam. This information can then better inform treatments recommended by the dentist.
More Reliable and Accessible Dental Records
If you’ve had digital X-rays captured before, you’ve probably experienced the dentist going over your most current X-rays compared to your previous ones to gain a better understanding of your oral health and how it may be changing over time. The same logic applies to images captured with an intraoral camera. Documenting the state of teeth and gums, whether it’s part of a routine checkup or as a way to measure progress following the beginning of a treatment, is essential to protecting the long-term health of your smile.
Creates Easier Insurance Claim Process
If you use dental insurance, you may have experienced issues in the past where a provider simply refused to offer coverage for a specific treatment because a claims form failed to show medical necessity for care. Intraoral camera photos are incredibly detailed, which can help patients justify the need for a dentist’s recommended treatment. Since the entire process is digital, it’s also much easier to get these images sent to your insurer, reducing the time it takes to receive reimbursement.
Have you ever considered visiting a dentist that uses an intraoral camera? If you do, you can expect these benefits and more whenever it’s time for a routine checkup!
About the Author
Dr. Cooper Owens makes use of intraoral cameras to not only achieve highly detailed images of the mouth more easily, but give patient’s confidence that their dental care is in good, capable hands. Of course, this is only one of the ways he makes use of dental technology to create a pleasant and productive dental experience. To read more about his modern additions to the office or schedule an appointment, you can contact him through his website.
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