Envisaging the entire mouth with a conventional mouth mirror can sometimes be challenging. At Brighton Dental in Salt Lake City, Utah, we use an intraoral camera to gain more detailed images of the gums and teeth. This innovative diagnostic tool is painless and non-invasive yet can provide us with valuable information.
What Is an Intraoral Camera?
An intraoral camera is a slender wand that Dr. Carroll uses to capture images of hard-to-reach areas in the oral cavity. These oral areas characteristically include rear molars and gums and can help detect small yet critical cracks or other issues. Finding hidden problems in its initial stages can potentially save painful and costly procedures in the future.
The wand is the size of a toothbrush. It comprises a tiny, high-quality camera on one edge of the wand tip with a light illuminating the area of interest. Live footage from the camera can be seen on a computer screen, allowing our team to take diagnostic images that can also be analyzed later. This consequently means less time in the dental office for you.
What Are the Dental Concerns Identified By the Intraoral Camera?
Some of the most common concerns that can be identified with the intraoral camera include:
- Hidden cracks in teeth
- Concealed tooth decay
- Damage to rear molars
- Masked gum disease
- Possible oral cancers
What Are the Benefits of Intraoral Imaging?
There are several benefits connected with the use of the non-invasive intraoral camera, including:
- Immediate Diagnostic Results
The high-quality images obtained allow for an immediate diagnosis based on the findings. Dr. Carroll can then recommend the necessary treatment to address any dental issues.
Though dental X-rays are a potent diagnostic tool, they do release a small but generally safe amount of radiation. On the other hand, the intraoral camera does not use any radiation to capture images, and hence it is safe for patients, including pregnant women.
The intraoral camera procedure is exceptionally fast. Dr. Carroll can capture the needed images in a matter of a few minutes. As a result, you can avoid a long, stressful wait in the dental chair.
The procedure is entirely painless. Although you will be required to keep your mouth open for a couple of minutes, the camera will not touch your mouth at any point during the procedure.
With an intraoral camera, the patients can see precisely what is happening in their mouths. All images captured will be filed in your medical record and available at any point in time for future reference.
If you have concerns or queries about the intraoral camera, call Brighton Dental in Salt Lake City, Utah, at (801) 943-2020 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Carroll.