An intraoral camera is a tiny digital camera that is often used for:
- Patient education
The camera can take pictures of just about any area in the mouth, most of which are difficult to see
with the naked eye. In the past, we’d try to show a patient a soft-tissue lesion or cracked tooth
with our mouth mirror and a hand mirror. It was almost always impossible to see, though.
Now, with intraoral cameras, your Downey dentist can point the camera at a particular spot in your
mouth, and you’ll see an enlarged image of it on a computer screen. It’s easier to see what’s going
on in your mouth and why you need particular treatments.
Additionally, we can send these images to insurance companies as proof that you need a certain
procedure. For example, a crack in a tooth rarely shows up on an x-ray. But with a digital image, we
can show your insurance company that a crown is a necessity.