The use of intraoral camera technology in the dental clinic can help you, as a dentist, to explain to your patients their problem and their subsequent treatment. Taking advantage of this simple tool, your patients will end up more convinced, increasing the percentage of budget acceptance of your dental clinic.
The intraoral cameras offer the patient the possibility to visualize in real time and with all luxury of details their own buccal cavity at the same time that the dentist makes the diagnosis. With this, you will not only believe in words but you will be able to verify it with your own eyes, so it is the most effective way to generate confidence in the patient. Intraoral cameras allow the dentist to explain his diagnosis to the patient in a more direct way, it will have a greater impact and he will be more involved with the care of his mouth.
And going even deeper: Many patients come to your practice with a specific ailment and you may find yourself with other details that need treatment. With no pain symptoms, patients don't realize it. In these cases, the intraoral camera will give greater credibility to the diagnosis by being able to show the patient directly the illnesses to be treated.
In recent times we have all heard about how DSD (Digital Smile Design) is helping dentists in the recruitment of patients and acceptance of treatment budgets. The DSD is a planning tool based on a facial analysis, through which through measurements, dental photographs and high quality videos is designed in 2D the perfect smile that the patient would like to have, according to parameters previously established. The DSD is a procedure of great acceptance among patients, but requires some work of analysis and preparation. The advantage of intraoral cameras is that they are a simpler and more immediate tool.
How does an intraoral camera work?
Intraoral cameras consist of a handpiece with a built-in light and one or more lenses, which is inserted into the patient's mouth to make the diagnosis. By means of a cable, or wirelessly, it is connected to a monitor (or other devices: computer, printer, etc.) allowing to see in real time the interior of the patient's oral cavity...
The majority of intraoral cameras on the market are digital, leaving behind the analog, and operate through a program or software.
With the new updates that the technology industry has been making, intraoral cameras are increasingly practical and comfortable. Thanks to the fact that the handpiece can be connected to any computer with a USB port, intraoral cameras allow images to be viewed in great detail. There are also cameras with the possibility of taking photographs and inserting memory cards to save the photos and pass them comfortably to the computer.
What should I consider when buying an intraoral camera?
At Dentaltix we help you choose the perfect intraoral camera that adapts to the needs of your dental clinic. You must take into account the following aspects:
A basic difference between a good and a bad intraoral camera is the resolution and sharpness of the images (in addition to autofocus quality).A diagnosis made with a camera with low resolution will give little input to the patient and would not be profitable.
Let's say that intraoral cameras can be divided into two classes:
- Medium range: they are the most economical, but practical and light for dentists to make basic diagnoses. They are usually between 1 and 2 megapixels. We propose the following examples:
- Wireless intraoral camera VGA Bader
With 2GB mini SD storage, 1mp, 105º curvature and Sony CMOS sensor.
- Intraoral camera TDS 710 Master
With USB reader, 1'3mp and 2.5" built-in mini display.
-High range: used for surgery, and have much higher resolution (8-10megapixels) and depth of field, necessary for this type of intervention. For example:
- Intraoral camera with autofocus system by Mestra
With high resolution of 2,000,000 pixels, autofocus and 6 high brightness LEDs
In addition to the resolution, what is called "ochre saturation". must also be considered. There are many cameras that incorporate this system, but not all of them. When the patient's oral cavity is observed with the camera, colors are detected in the dentine that vary from white/yellow to dark brown. Therefore, for certain cosmetic treatments or cavities, it will be beneficial to have a high quality of vision of the exact tones to examine and diagnose as accurately as possible the degree of magnitude of the problem to be treated. The patient will see the colors as reflected in a mirror, but in a more complete way.
There are also other important aspects to consider but not priorities such as depth of field or visual angle.
Source of Light:
It is necessary to consider the type of light and its power to increase the sharpness of the image. Most have LED light that are more resistant than halogen light to scratches, liquids and shocks. They have whiter light and longer durability.
In addition, there are some intraoral cameras that are designed with UV fluorescent light for caries detection.
Versatility of the shots:
At this point, the adaptability of the camera must be taken into account in order to carry out both introral and extra-oral shots, the patient's face and profile, as well as complete aesthetic and maxillary details. This way it will be more profitable to have this type of technology that will facilitate the work in your practice. In addition, many models have radiographic plate digitizer.
Having this type of feature will make all the difference as a professional, as it will complete the treatment process, documenting more accurately the "before and after" for the patient, as well as having the opportunity to consult with other colleagues, refer patients or interact more easily with other dental auditors.
Another aspect to emphasize will be the quality of professionalism of the supplier and its years of experience in the market, availability of the technical service, its clauses of guarantee with respect to the manufacturer and quality of the repair service.
Easy diagnosis, satisfied patient
The long-term value and profitability of having an intraoral camera in your practice is becoming more and more an aspect to be taken into account to ensure a competitive advantage over the rest of the clinics around you. In addition to the point in favor that it gives when preferring the service to the patient.
So, in short, not only will it be more comfortable for you, but you will also be able to observe in the long term a greater attraction of patients due to the improvement of technology in your clinic.