A visit to the dentist is often accompanied by anxiety among patients. Much of the anxiety stems from patients having misgivings about some dental diagnoses, especially those oral issues that cannot be seen easily. With the intraoral camera, we at Oral and Facial Surgery Center can show you in real-time what dental problems you need to deal with technology on a computer or television screen.
How Does an Intraoral Camera Work?
An intraoral camera looks like an oversized pen and consists of a small video camera that takes an x-ray of your gums and teeth. The image-taking device is usually wrapped in a protective disposable sheet to prevent any transfer of pathogens from one patient to another.
There are several different types of intraoral cameras with various features that can help enhance the sharpness of the image. Most of these devices are equipped with LED lights that do not easily scratch or break and are more resistant to liquids than halogen lights. They also have a brighter, whiter light, and are quite durable. Some intraoral cameras also come with fluorescent ultraviolet light that can help diagnose dental caries.
While looking at a monitor screen, Dr. Kennedy and Dr. Ardoin will gently insert the tip of the camera into the patien's mouth and shift it so that images can be taken from all angles.
Benefits of Intraoral Cameras
Intraoral cameras have many uses and advantages. Some of them are listed below:
With this advancement in the field of dentistry, intraoral cameras are becoming more and more practical and comfortable for patients. If you are concerned about the condition of your teeth and mouth and want to see the problem areas, call us at 337-443-2533 for our Lafayette location or 337-381-3663 for our Opelousas location to schedule an appointment with us. We will effectively diagnose your oral health issues and determine the best treatment plan for them.