Do you really need an
intraoral camera? By Renee Knight, Editor
Why new dentists might want to invest in an intraoral camera and what to look for when they do. Getting patients to say yes to treatment isn’t easy. Not only do dentists need to help patients overcome perceived barriers to care, they also must educate them about what’s going on in their mouths and why they need treatment. Most of the time just telling patients simply isn’t enough— which is where intraoral cameras come in. With an intraoral camera, doctors can take pictures and videos inside the mouth so patients see exactly what they see. This helps patients put more trust in the doctor, and that will make them much more likely to not only stay a loyal patient, but to also go forward with treatment. “When patients see the issue, they will schedule the appointment and, more importantly, keep the appointment,” said Dr. Robert Clark, founder of DrQuickLook, the company behind the SD Plus intraoral camera system. “I used to have a lot of patients schedule and not show up. I’d leave the room and then hear them ask my hygienist or assistant if they really needed a crown. That doesn’t happen with intraoral images, which is critical for a new dentist. New dentists don’t see as many patients as a dentist in practice for 15 or 20 years. New dentists need to convince patients to commit to the required treatment.” 24 THENEWDENTIST.NET FA L L 2 0 1 6
So how do you find the best intraoral camera for your practice? Here’s what to look for.
MAKE SURE IT’S EASY TO USE Intraoral cameras are supposed to be simple, easy-to-use devices, said Gil Orenstein, regional product manager for intraoral imaging at Carestream Dental, the company that offers the CS 1200 and CS 1500 intraoral cameras. The camera you invest in also should integrate with your current software and your practice workflow, as well as be lightweight and ergonomic. And of course crisp, clear images are vital if you’re going to use your intraoral camera to enhance patient education and ultimately improve case acceptance. Intraoral cameras with the right lighting for the inside of the mouth and an autofocus tend to produce the best images. Not only should the camera be easy to integrate, it should also improve practice efficiencies, KaVo Kerr Group Sensors and Cameras Product Manager Yena Chokshi said. “Mobility of the camera illustrates this point well,” Chokshi said of the Gendex GXC-300. “If the dentist plans on sharing the camera between multiple operatories, then the camera should be easily portable.” Dr. Sajit Patel, who’s been practicing for 11 years, found the right intraoral camera for his practice in the Claris i4D from SOTA Imaging. It offers high-quality images, making it easy for him to show patients why they need treatment. When Dr. Patel is treating a patient with a cavity, he’ll take an image before he cleans out the tooth and again after so he CONTINUED ON PAGE 26 >>