Turning Boston Patients into Partners with Intraoral Cameras
People seldom have a clear idea of the actual status of their dental health. Even with lights and mirrors, a patient can't see what the dentist can - that is, until now.
We use intraoral cameras, so when you visit the dentist, you can sit comfortably back in the chair and get ready for the show. It's called an AcuCam, a tiny camera that fits inside the mouth and allows us to show you a dental problem as we diagnose it. The camera is attached to a large flat screen and allows images of your teeth to be displayed at 39 times magnification. The patients benefit, because they can see and understand situations that need care. We benefit, because it allows us to see problem areas that could easily be missed with just a visual examination.
What to Expect?
The dentist or hygienist will insert a pen-sized, camera-tipped wand into your mouth. Covered with a disposable plastic sheath for contamination prevention, the wand simply takes a video of the inside of your mouth and transmits the images via cable to a computing unit. The computing unit enlarges the full-color images and sends them to a TV screen that you can comfortably view from the dental chair. Aha! There it is – your mouth on the screen. The dentist can point out problem areas and explain his recommendations for treatment, so you’ll become an informed partner in your dental care instead of a clueless bystander.
Seeing your dental problems may seem overwhelming at first, but consider the experience the first step toward a healthier, fresher smile. The camera may reveal the early stages of potentially serious problems, allowing you the opportunity to prevent small problems before they escalate. This is especially helpful with gum disease and conditions that cause damage without causing pain. The camera's honest survey can also show you how your regular home hygiene routine is paying off. The dental hygienist or dentist can recommend ways to improve your homecare based on their findings.
We'd love to provide you with a demonstration and we’re always happy to explain the new innovations in dentistry and how they can improve your dental experience. Schedule your visit with Dr. Share by calling our Boston dental office today.