One of the most fascinating aspects of dentistry is that the industry is constantly evolving. What’s possible today is far beyond what was possible even two decades ago. One example is the use of intraoral cameras, which provide magnified digital imaging. I discussed these recently on my other blog, but I want to explore them more today. Let’s delve a bit deeper into how this technology has benefited the field of dentistry.
What Intraoral Cameras Do
As with many other technologies, intraoral cameras used to diagnose and treat a variety of dental issues. Being able to identify problems in advance is tremendously beneficial to patients because it results in solutions that are far less invasive. Patients are motivated by the fact that early detection can prevent some of the pain for which dental care is known. Fortunately, these types of advancements are also helping patients to have less fear of dental procedures.
Why Intraoral Cameras Are Popular
Intraoral cameras are popular and on the rise because they significantly boost the accuracy and quality of dental images. This includes the ability to see the structure of a tooth and early damage that exists. In prior years, dentists were unable to detect an issue with decay until it had either started to cause pain or had advanced to a point where it was visible with an x-ray.
Another benefit reported by dentists is being able to get buy-in from patients when it comes to actually scheduling treatment for a condition. When you have imaging that’s clear and offers a visual report of what’s happening in a patient’s mouth, they are more likely to move forward with the recommended plan of care. When you can see the problem with your own eyes, you’ll want a solution even if the issue has not yet resulted in pain.
Unique Benefits of Intraoral Cameras
Many intraoral cameras specialize in illuminating periodontal issues, such as small lesions. This is often done with high magnification that’s able to pinpoint the condition. In addition to early detection, there’s also the fact that addressing a problem early can be less expensive. Even patients with dental insurance often end up with out-of-pocket costs because dental insurance isn’t like medical insurance where the bulk of the costs are often paid.
Intraoral cameras and similar technologies will continue to advance as dentistry endeavors to help us all maintain good oral health.
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