Intraoral Cameras

At South Coast Dentistry in Aliso Viejo, we strive to provide all of our patients with the highest quality and the most advanced dental care. With this in mind, we have a piece of equipment to help you better understand and “see” your dental health. Advances in modern video camera equipment have allowed dental manufacturers to develop a very small video camera, called an intraoral camera, for use in the dental office.

With a camera about the size of a pen, we can film your mouth and present it as an image on a monitor that is magnified 10-40 times its natural size.

What You Can’t See Can Hurt You

It’s not necessarily pleasant to come face to face with your own dental condition. But it’s important to do so for several reasons. First, the camera may reveal the early stages of potentially serious problems, helping you make an informed decision about your treatment options. This is especially helpful with gum disease and other conditions where pain is a latent indicator of a problem. Second, the camera’s honest survey can show in a moment how well you’re doing with your regular home hygiene. This helps you and your dentist realistically assess what steps you might need to take on your own to improve things.

You Can See Your Needed Care

For years, we have described diseases of the teeth and gums and drawn pictures to attempt to illustrate the problem and the needed treatment. The old adage “A picture is worth a thousand words” could not be truer when using the intraoral camera.

A small, sterilized, probe-shaped camera is moved around inside of your mouth. This will provide you with a tooth-by-tooth video exam of your teeth. You can see your teeth enlarged in living color on our computer screen in the treatment room.

We can freeze and store the picture of the inside of your mouth for a bigger and better look and then take an instant photograph for your records.

This painless, no-radiation technique allows you to see problems such as worn-out or defective fillings, fractured teeth, decay, bleeding gums, and plaque. Also, the intraoral camera allows us to see things that may not appear with a traditional X-ray to help us detect minor problems before they become more significant. Together, we can discuss your custom treatment plan for restoring your mouth to optimal oral health.