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Maria Hoekstra, D.D.S., F.A.G.D.
Jacqueline Anderson, D.D.S.
Thomas E. Anderson, D.D.S.

616-399-9520

Our Office Hours are:

Monday: 8am-5pm
Tuesday: 8am-5pm
Wednesday: 8am-5pm
Thursday: 8am-5pm
Friday: 7am-1pm

Intraoral Camera

An intraoral camera is a camera used by dental professionals to record images of the inside of a patient’s mouth. The camera itself is on the end of a pen shaped device that is held by your dentist and moved around your mouth to record images of problem areas in color and with excellent picture quality. The camera is radiation free and uses a small LED light to illuminate your mouth.

The Intraoral Camera Process

When you come into your appointment, we may use an intraoral camera to help you see the problem(s) he or she would like to address. The dentist will sterilize the camera before holding it in your mouth above your teeth to record a digital video of your mouth, much in the same way your dentist uses a mirror on the end of a long handle to see your teeth and gums for him or herself.

While using the intraoral camera, a monitor will be set up in your room to allow you to see what the camera is recording. You’ll be able to see and understand exactly what your dentist is talking about when he alerts you to a cavity, a fracture, or any number of other oral health conditions.

With the intraoral camera, your dentist will be able to freeze on specific images of your teeth and gums, zoom in on problem areas, and save and print photographs for your file. Your dentist will easily be able to share the digital recording of your mouth with you and any specialists he or she may refer you to and is helpful for dental insurance reimbursements, also.

Benefits of Using an Intraoral Camera

One of the biggest frustrations that patients face when dealing with dental problems is that they never get to see and thus truly understand what their dentist is talking about. With the intraoral camera, all mystery around dental conditions is taken away – with the camera, patients are finally able to examine the health of their mouth firsthand. The full-color, highly detailed images that the intraoral camera captures, give patients and dentists a better view of the mouth than ever previously possible, and all with no radiation or pain.

If you’re experiencing a dental problem and would like to see what’s going on with your own eyes, make an appointment at Shoreline Family Dental Group today.