If you’re wondering about your teeth and dental health, sometimes its confusing to know if you have a problem or not. At Argyle St Family Dentist in Parramatta we help you completely understand your teeth by giving you a virtual walkthrough of your teeth.
A digital dental exam is a great way for you to fully understand the issues with your teeth and your options for dental treatment.
For some time now, our practice has, made frequent use of intra-oral cameras that are able to capture and magnify images taken inside our mouth, including images of your teeth, and digitally display and store them.
More specifically, our practice has invested in the Centaur Media Cam Plus intra- oral camera, which consists of a wand-like device (about the size of a large pen) linked to our computer system. The camera head itself is rounded and easily- manouvered inside your mouth. We simply focus it on a specific area and capture an image that we are able to magnify on a computer screen.
We can then store that image or series of images as part of your confidential oral health records, along with, for example, other digital information like low- dose radiographs of your teeth, or images taken with our SLR digital camera.
We now use the intra- oral camera as part of our routine dental examination, and as such, it has been a profound innovation for a number of reasons.
Not only are the images produced by it excellent tools for capturing information, but since they are magnified and high- definition, they can greatly assist us in diagnosing a number of dental conditions, including for example, tooth decay, gum disease, tooth wear and cracks.
If, as is sometimes the case on the rare occasion, a referral to a specialist is necessary, we can then, with your permission, email the stored images to that specialist’s office.
Perhaps more importantly from your point of view, intra- oral cameras and the images they capture and store allow us to show you specific areas of concern inside your mouth, opening up two-way conversations about your teeth and gums and empowering you to be an active participant in the assessment and monitoring of your own dental health. Gone are the days when you are forced to imagine what the dentist is talking about when discussing the condition of your teeth, much less accept treatment that you don’t understand or can ill- afford. Instead, you can actually see what we see inside your mouth, only at a much greater magnification.
As a result, we believe this can put you in a far better position to make informed decisions about the various aspects of your dental treatment, their advantages and disadvantages as well as their costs going into the future. And this, after all, should be our primary commitment to you, as well as of course, providing you with the highest quality dentistry we can. Please know that we take these commitments very seriously indeed.
If you are interested in finding out more about our intra-oral camera or any other aspects of our dental practice, please feel free to contact our rooms and make an appointment for a consultation. The fee for any images taken with either our intra-oral or SLR digital camera is a health- fund only fee with no gap for the service. However, if you are not in a health fund at all, there is no extra fee for this service.