To best capture and examine damage to your teeth, our team uses intraoral cameras in Durham, North Carolina, that can show us the full details of your smile situation. If you are worried about your damaged teeth, we encourage you to contact Providence Smiles today at 919-682-4861 and set up a visit with our dentist, Dr. Kwame Gyampo.

How Intraoral Cameras Work

Intraoral cameras are small, pen-shaped imaging devices. They are easily maneuverable and can be used to view all areas of your mouth, including areas that would otherwise be impossible for our dentist to reach. As our dentist and team move the camera around your mouth, it captures high-quality color photos of your teeth and gums. These photos are immediately transmitted to a nearby monitor, where we can review them and diagnose any problems quickly and accurately before creating a treatment plan that meets your needs.

How Intraoral Cameras Benefit You

There are many benefits to using intraoral cameras as part of your exam, diagnosis process and treatment plan. These benefits include the following:

  • They allow our dentist and team a more detailed and comprehensive view of your mouth and oral health.
  • The imaging process is quick and comfortable, and we can stop and start it as needed.
  • There is no wait time for the images — the device will transfer them to a monitor as soon as the photos are taken.
  • Intraoral cameras are great educational tools. You can view them alongside our dentist to better understand what is happening in your mouth and the treatment options our dentist may recommend.
  • Intraoral cameras are especially useful in diagnosing tooth damage, such as cracked or chipped teeth, and problems such as tooth decay and periodontal disease.
  • Photos can be sent to specialists or insurance companies as needed.
  • The camera is very useful in following up after a treatment has been completed to ensure you have received the care you need.


What is an intraoral camera?

Intraoral cameras are small cameras designed to fit comfortably in your mouth. They are small, pen-shaped and can be moved easily within your mouth to give our dentist a look at all areas of your mouth, including areas that cannot be visually examined without the use of the camera. As the camera is being maneuvered, our dentist and team will take photos for further evaluation and will review these photos and their findings with you to diagnose problems, help you understand what is happening in your mouth and discuss your treatment options.

What can an intraoral camera diagnose?

Intraoral cameras allow our dentist to diagnose a wide range of dental problems. Because they can reach all areas of your mouth, intraoral cameras give us a better view of your oral health and dental needs. They are an especially useful diagnostic tool for identifying problems such as cracked, chipped or broken teeth, and they also help our dentist diagnose issues like gum disease and tooth decay more quickly and accurately.

Are intraoral cameras better than extraoral cameras?

Both intraoral and extraoral imaging are valuable diagnostic tools. However, intraoral cameras have several advantages that more traditional extraoral cameras, such as digital X-rays, do not. Here are a few advantages of intraoral cameras:

  • The camera can go inside the mouth.
  • The images captured are very high-quality and can be frozen, unfrozen and blown up as needed for our dentist to examine closely.
  • The camera captures images much faster than an extraoral device.
  • Captured photos are automatically and immediately sent to a large computer screen —there is no wait time to download images.
  • Camera wands are ergonomic and very lightweight.
  • They allow early detection of oral health problems.
  • They are an educational tool that improve your understanding and improve doctor-patient relations.
  • They improve the accuracy of your recommended treatment.
  • Images can be stored for future case documentation, including comparison of before and after treatment and additional evaluation by other dentists or specialists.
  • Images can be sent to insurance companies easily to support your insurance claims.

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We are dedicated to using iTero digital scanning to provide you with high quality care. Contact us today to schedule a visit!