4 Reasons To Choose This Norwood Dentist Who Uses An Intraoral Camera
If you can’t see or feel a dental problem, how do you know you have one? This is one of the most challenging jobs we have and it’s why dental researchers have skillfully found a simple solution… Let the patient see what the dentist is seeing! And that’s how the intraoral camera was “born.”
While it’s a very small camera that is placed at the end of a wand and can easily be placed anywhere in your mouth, we think of it as one of our most valuable communication tools. It captures images of your teeth, gums, and tissues which can be shown to you on our chairside monitors. The camera is also outfitted with LED lighting and a magnifier for better visibility.
Think about it. If you’re able to see what we’re seeing, you’ll more-easily understand your treatment options. It will show you actual photos of your teeth, gums, and more … and it will provide the security you need to understand treatment recommendations and to feel confident in determining what treatment options are best for you.
Plus, as your dentist in Norwood, we hope that, as an important member of your health care team, it helps us earn your valuable trust!
What images might you see on the computer screen as a result of using an intraoral camera?
- Fractured teeth – This type of damage happens for many reasons, including teeth grinding at night, biting into too-hard foods (nuts, hard candy, etc.), and physical trauma. It’s why we always recommend a mouthguard when playing any sport that could result in unexpected contact with the head, jaw, and mouth.
- Failing restorations – Contrary to what most people believe, most dental restorations don’t last forever, but you can ensure their longevity with excellent home care (brushing and flossing daily) and using any dentist-recommended cleaning routines
- Lesions – This could include multiple mouth sores including cankers.
- Oral cancer – If we suspect oral cancer, in addition to completing all the tests necessary, we’ll be able to accurately document it for immediate digital communication with your general practitioner.
- Plaque buildup – Often, patients aren’t able to see what is happening at the back of their mouth and plaque buildup is one thing that can readily be solved when a patient understands where it is and how extensive it is.
- Inflamed tissues (gingivitis) – Again, if tissues are inflamed at the back of your mouth, an intraoral camera is priceless when it comes to discussing the extent and how to treat it.
Gum disease – With the intraoral camera, we’ll show you the areas in your mouth that have gum disease (either gingivitis which is early-stage gum disease or periodontitis which is later-stage disease). Together, we’ll make a plan to help you heal and achieve optimum oral health.