For as long as people have been getting into dentist chairs, dentists have been asking them to “open wide”. Sometimes, no matter how wide a patient opens their mouth, and no matter how you position your light and mirrors, it can be difficult to get a look at that one tooth — but no longer.
The development of higher quality and smaller cameras has paved the way for intraoral cameras, which are small enough to sit on the end of an instrument and enter directly inside the mouth, streaming footage to a nearby device.
As the name suggests, the intraoral camera is ideal for dental photography. They are designed to be small enough to fit inside the oral cavity, capturing an image that is far more detailed than a dentist could get with the naked eye or a conventional camera.
There are plenty of reasons for a dentist to use an intraoral camera:
Just like conventional digital cameras, intraoral cameras can vary greatly in price. By some estimates, an intraoral camera can cost you anywhere from $50 to $5,000. The difference comes down to the quality of the lens, the functionality of the design, and additional features on the software side, which affect your experience as a user when exporting photos.
As you can expect, the more money you spend, the better the images and user experience will be. If you opt for the cheapest option available to you, don’t expect much in terms of image quality and functionality.
Interested in trying an intraoral at your practice?
The NOVA Computer Solutions team can help. We specialize in IT support for dental practices and can help you and your staff harness new technologies to improve the way you care for patients.
In fact, when you sign a Managed Services Contract with us, we’ll give you an intraoral camera for free! Get in touch with our team to discover what NOVA Computer Solutions can do for you and your practice.