Intraoral cameras an essential communication tools to patients due to the visual transparency it provides for the patient. The intraoral camera is a tiny digital camera that is inserted in the patient’s mouth for a more transparent view of the patient’s teeth on the computer screen. Before the invention of this tool, it was difficult to get a clearer picture of the patient’s oral health. Despite the traditional use of mirrors or unique light, the dentist cannot get the accurate view instead only a limited part of the patients’ teeth is shown. With the help of the digital imaging camera, both the patient and the dentist would be able to view the enlarged details of the teeth without any pain; meaning that intraoral cameras are painless. The intraoral camera features offer an instant image capture and deletion. It provides a great use for consultations between dentists for better understanding of a case. The importance of intraoral cameras as a communication tool to patients includes:
- Patient-Doctor Relation: One of the major significance of intraoral camera is more than just a diagnostic apparatus. Over the years, dentist have struggled with explaining to patients the extent and seriousness of the dental problem and the purpose towards the advised treatment. The debate towards accepting the dentist word without anything to show for it is always on the negative side of the patient-doctor relation. However, with intra-oral camera, dentists’ are able to display live, enlarged images of dental areas to the patient. This allows the patient to fully understand the problem and the reason behind the advised treatment. It helps in reducing anxiety and institutes a trustworthy relationship between the patient and the dentist.
- Develops Accuracy Of The Advised Treatment: The intraoral camera features a 00-900 with magnifying capabilities and LED lighting for better visibility. These features help the dentist to diagnose the problem and advise accordingly appropriately. It also helps in tracking difficult problems in the mouth, for instance, pulp exposure and vertical fractures. This allows dentist and the patient to communicate effectively on the problem and decide on the best treatment method.
- Join Diagnosis: Another benefit of an intraoral camera is that the software allows us to print image for patients to take home. This allows patients to discuss with their family and loved ones on their treatment plan as well as choose the best appropriate treatment advise for themselves. The intraoral camera has helped to reduce the stress of trying to convince patience the importance of their treatment without them seeing how severe it might be.
- Access to Insurance Claims: Most patients are usually denied this due to lack of clarity of their problem and treatment to the insurance company. With the invention of intraoral camera patients are now able to claim their medical treatment because the images captured through intraoral cameras provide visual proof to support insurance claims of patients.
In conclusion, intraoral camera has dramatically improved oral health. The ability to understand the need for treatment through images capture and viewed from it for both the patient and the dentist has improved the communication on patients oral health and the proposed treatment advised. It has remained the best available tool for a dentist to display live images as well as videos of the problem and inform patients appropriately on the dental illness for proper oral health delivery.