In combination with digital photography, intraoral cameras have revolutionized the way we diagnose in dentistry. Taking a very close look to all the surfaces of the teeth and soft tissues, we can better assess your oral health, detecting small lesion or fractures that cannot be seen in photos and radiographs, or with the naked eye.

Intraoral cameras give us two advantages, as we try to see what is going on in your mouth. One is that they offer great magnification under excellent lighting, enlarging what we see 100 times or more. The second is that they give us an excellent point of view of surfaces that otherwise could be difficult to see, such as the inside surfaces of teeth.

With this technology, we can often be made aware of problems early on—cracks in teeth that indicate a weakening tooth, or decay leaking between a filling and the tooth.

We can correct the issues before there is a need for more serious—and more expensive—work on the teeth. They also help us show you issues in your own mouth. If you don’t understand what calculus is, for example, we can show you. If there are cracks in your teeth, you’ll be able to see them yourself.

When you know what is happening in your mouth, you’ll better understand what we are doing and why. Digital images can also help us document needed treatment for insurance companies, for our own records, or to help monitor your treatment and track your progress.

Intraoral cameras are nothing more than a very high-tech camera. They are painless and require no radiation at all, so they can be used as many times as needed without any potentially harmful effects.