Intraoral cameras (IOCs) were first introduced in 1989 and are now widely used in dental offices. IOCs are small video cameras used by dentists or doctors to show a patient in real-time the interior of their mouth, as an alternative to using a mirror. The IOC looks like an oversized pen and is placed in the patient’s mouth. It is used in conjunction with the computer monitor, so both the dentist and patient can see the teeth and gums to determine treatment options. This camera is a diagnostic tool that can diagnose a number of dental conditions, such as fractured teeth, tooth decay, and gum disease.
Images that are viewed on the monitor are saved to the patient’s file for any future reference. Printouts of the image (s) taken can be sent to dental insurance companies for clarification, when needed.
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