People seldom have a clear idea of the actual status of their dental health.
Even with lights and mirrors, you can’t see what your dentist can – that is, until now.
AtThe Dental Center of Tysons Corner, we use intraoral cameras, so you can sit comfortably back in the chair and get ready for the show. The doctor or the hygienist will insert a pen-sized, camera-tipped wand into your mouth. Covered with a disposable plastic sheath for contamination prevention, the wand simply takes a video of the inside of your mouth and transmits the images via cable to a computing unit. The computing unit enlarges the full-color images and sends them to a TV screen that you can comfortably view from the dental chair. Aha! There it is – your mouth on the screen. The doctor can point out problem areas and explain his recommendations for treatment, so you’ll become an informed partner in your dental care.
Seeing your dental problems may seem overwhelming at first, but consider the experience the first step toward a healthier, fresher smile. The camera may reveal the early stages of potentially serious problems, allowing you the opportunity to prevent small problems before they escalate. This is especially helpful with gum disease and conditions that cause damage without causing pain. And that can lead to serious health problems—untreated gum disease can increase the risk of cardiovascular problems, stroke, and worsen diabetes and other major health issues.
The camera can also show you how your regular home hygiene routine is paying off. We can recommend ways to improve your homecare based on our findings. The process is quite simple. Once your oral exam is completed and you’ve discussed your smile goals with the doctor, a treatment plan will be created.
Various digital photos of your current smile will be taken and change factors will be keyed into the computer. The computer will immediately generate one or more graphic images that accurately demonstrate how the changes will affect the appearance of your mouth, as well as your overall facial appearance. It’s a fun and exciting process. Plus, you can take a photo of the new you home to share with family or friends.
Informed patients make informed decisions, and digital imaging allows you the opportunity to actually glimpse your future before committing to treatment. What more could you ask for?