Intra – Oral Camera
Early detection with non-invasive intraoral camera technology supports proactive care and healthy smiles
Creo Dentistry appreciates that many oral conditions are silent (they have no symptoms) or very subtle or common symptoms in their earliest stages. By the time more noticeable symptoms have presented themselves, gingival (gum) inflammation may have progressed to advanced gum disease or infections.
Likewise, when pain has intensified, or portions of a tooth have broken off or darkened, early-stage enamel erosion may have advanced to cavities or other forms of decay. These later-stage conditions cannot be resolved with conservative or non-invasive hygiene modifications alone. They require more costly invasive alteration or restoration of tooth and gummy tissue.
Intraoral camera: Powerful diagnostics, early detection
The progressive nature of oral conditions and how symptoms present themselves demands diagnostics that render clear and detailed images and information, even of “hidden” areas or tiny spots. In this manner, even the most subtle changes or damage to the tooth, gums, and other areas can be spotted early into the process. From there, Dr. Dan Hwang can make an informed decision about your unique treatment plan, which effectively resolves the condition fast before it causes irreversible tissue damage.
Dr. Hwang uses many sophisticated technologies to accurately pinpoint problems, including a small wand-like instrument known as an “intraoral camera.” “Intra” refers to “inside,” whereas “oral” naturally refers to the “mouth.” So, this advanced camera captures images of what is going on inside of your mouth. Even the smallest oral structures can be captured.
Additionally, as the wand is passed over your mouth, you and Dr. Hwang can both see the images of the oral tissues on a monitor. The ability to capture these photos and view and adjust them from a monitor is vital to patient education. Such digital technology allows you to be better informed about the state of your mouth and needs and make better decisions about the best treatment recommendation.
Intraoral but not invasive!
While the procedure itself takes very sharp images, intraoral cameras are not intrusive. Many patients with bad gag reflex, jaw and TMJ pain, and other problems with traditional diagnostic methods don’t even notice the wand as it is applied to collect information about their oral cavity and associated structures. The device facilitates diagnostics that we can trust painlessly and quickly. The camera may be used throughout your routine checkups, or should we suspect that you have a problem that warrants further investigation and attention.
Call Creo Dentistry at (360) 502-7217 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Hwang.