The introduction of digital intra-oral cameras to the field of dentistry has improved communications between the dentist and his patients.  It used to be that when a patient came in for a regular exam or if he was experiencing pain, the dental assistant would take x-rays to determine if there was an issue that couldn’t be identified just by looking.  Then the dentist would study the results and decide on a treatment if it proved to be necessary.  This process usually involved 2 visits.  Now, thanks to the new technology, the exam, the diagnosis and the treatment options can be discussed and determined in just one dental appointment.  

Most people in today’s high tech world are used to conducting both business and personal transactions via the internet and social networking.  An oral camera uses the same kind of automation to take images from inside the mouth and project them onto a computer screen.  The dentist can point out a crack in a tooth or some other weakness so that the patient can see the problem at the same time and understand just what the dentist is talking about.  It will be much easier for the dentist to answer a patient’s questions when he can use visuals.  If a patient can actually comprehend the need for treatment he will be more apt to put his trust in the advice from his dentist.

It is now generally accepted that there is a connection between oral health and overall general health.  We have also come to understand that the symptoms of some diseases will first show up in the oral cavity.  As a matter of fact your dentist may see signs of disease before your doctor does.  The intra-oral camera can see into even the most hard to reach parts of the mouth.

Spokane Valley Dentistry employs the technology of CEREC Omnicam as a part of the comprehensive treatment plans that are offered there.  Call the office today @ 509-926-6261.