Intraoral Cameras – Norman, OK
Making Sure No Stone Goes Left Unturned
People seldom have a clear idea of the actual status of their dental health. Even with lights and mirrors, a patient can't see what the dentist can - that is, until now.
At Bobby J. Carmen, DDS, we use intraoral cameras in Norman, so when you visit the dentist, you can sit comfortably back in the chair and get ready for the show. The dentist or hygienist will insert a pen-sized, camera-tipped wand into your mouth. Covered with a disposable plastic sheath for contamination prevention, the wand simply takes a video of the inside of your mouth and transmits the images via cable to a computing unit. The computing unit enlarges the full-color images and sends them to a TV screen that you can comfortably view from the dental chair. Dr. Carmen can point out problem areas and explain his recommendations for dental treatment, so you’ll become an informed partner in your dental care instead of a clueless bystander.
Prevent Dental Problems with Improved Visibility
Seeing your dental problems may seem overwhelming at first, but consider the experience the first step toward a healthier, fresher smile. The intraoral camera may reveal the early stages of potentially serious problems, allowing you the opportunity to prevent small problems before they escalate. This is especially helpful with gum disease and conditions that cause damage without causing pain. The camera's honest survey can also show you how your regular home hygiene routine is paying off. The dental hygienist or dentist can recommend ways to improve your homecare based on their findings.
If you want to learn more about the technologies that enhance patient care in our dental office, call us today. We're always happy to explain the new innovations in dentistry and how they can improve your dental experience.
Why Are Routine Oral Cancer Screenings Important?
All adults should have an annual oral cancer screening exam because a quarter of oral cancer victims are non-smokers, don't drink, and have no lifestyle factors to heighten their oral cancer risk. Men over 40 and women between the ages of 20 and 40 are most prone to the disease. Patients with lifestyle risks, including any tobacco use, daily alcohol consumption, viral infections, autoimmune deficiencies like HIV, and diabetes may need more frequent evaluations.
While the statistics on oral cancer are discouraging, when the disease is found and treated in the early stages it has an 80 to 90-percent cure rate. Regular oral cancer screening exams are included as a part of Dr. Carmen’s comprehensive dental exam.