What goes Behind a Diagnosis?
by: Dental Assistant Team
There really is a lot of information needed for the doctors to perform a proper diagnosis.
Depending on the reason for your visit to our office we might take out one of my favorite diagnostic tool: a digital camera.
Between a visual exam, x-rays, sometimes study models for more involved cases, I like to mention a tool that has become a key player in our diagnosing dental conditions: the intra-oral camera.
The intra-oral camera can be intimidating as its technology allows us to see your mouth magnified 50 times. So anything wrong with your teeth or your mouth will be obvious, and big on the screen.
Being able to see a broken tooth or tooth decay can be disappointing for some patients, especially since it is magnified 50 times on a big screen but it is essential to properly understand what is really going on in your mouth.
We use the intra-oral camera during exams as well as when we replace fillings or prepare for a crown.
Simply put, the intra-oral camera allows us to see what an x-ray might not reflect, like micro cracks so small, even magnifying glasses could miss.
Dr. Tom uses the intra-oral camera a lot as we remove decay. The before and after photos are filed in your chart. When patients are interested in seeing what the procedure revealed, Dr. Tom is always happy to give them a step by step explanation of the procedure using the photos we took using the intra-oral camera.
It took me a bit of practice using it, but under the guidance of our great doctors I have become an expert at it. I am very thankful to our doctors for exposing us the latest technologies in dentistry. Caterina, our dental hygienist, also uses the intra-oral camera as part of her cleaning protocols.
I use the intra-oral camera as part of my pre-assessment to show patients what goes on in their mouth.
Whether it is swollen gums, a crown coming off, or a lost filling, we now can record all these photos as part of our assessment in just a few clicks, and show in more details the exact situation of your mouth.
The intra-oral camera is an incredible tool which allows the patient to visualize the condition hiding behind the dental terms.
After all a picture is worth a thousand words...
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Article date: Oct. 24 2013
Type: Dental Exam
Location: Boca Raton - Palm Beach County