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Clinical applications of intraoral camera to increase patient compliance - currentperspectives

Clinical applications of intraoral camera to increase patient compliance - current perspectives

August 2019, Pentapati and Saddiq, Clin Cosmet Investig Dent.

Summarized by: Paul Dimarzo (Pre-Dental Student)

The intraoral camera (IOC) has become a popular instrument in dentistry as professionals in the field continue to use it in their operatories. It allows practitioners to evaluate their patients’ needs more efficiently and even explain the recommended treatment to patients in a more effective manner—both before and after procedures. By helping patients visualize plaque accumulation in difficult to clean areas, the IOC increases patient oral hygiene knowledge and motivation. Additionally, allowing patients to better visualize fractures, caries, periodontal disease, etc. gives patients the opportunity to share their goals and be more involved in treatment planning. The IOC introduces a new way of enforcing and teaching personal hygiene tasks such as brushing, flossing, and care of implant and orthodontic appliances during appointments. Recent technologies involving IOCs are beginning to utilize light-induced fluorescence evaluators to quickly spot caries and earlier risks of decay including pit and fissure caries. Some intraoral cameras are being utilized in specialty clinics such as orthodontic practices, oral and maxillofacial surgery practices, and teledentistry. Furthermore, intraoral cameras can be utilized in practices to display pre-recorded procedures to patients who suffer from dental related phobias and better educate dental students and other dental professionals. While the IOC does offer various improvements to dentistry, future research is needed in regard to the IOC’s role in teledentistry. More specifically, the use of IOCs and teledentistry for dental implant assessment, diagnosis, and evaluation of post-procedure healing are just a few applications that need further review. Additional recommendations for IOC technology include development of more portable systems as well as an in-built teledentistry platform that incorporates patient confidentiality.

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