Dental Photography: Why It’s Important

The importance of oral health education cannot be overstated, which is why Westney North Dental makes it one of our top priorities. An effective way to educate patients on their dental hygiene is through dental photography. Dental photography does not exclusively apply to dental X-rays, but to high-resolution DSLR photos as well. Many, but not all, dental practitioners utilize dental photography for the benefit of their patients. What exactly are the benefits of dental photography?

Westney North Dental has your answers below in our guide to understanding the importance of choosing a dentist that uses dental photography. 

Identification and Treatment Planning

Intraoral photography allows dentists to get a closer look at the condition of your gums and teeth. The cameras are small and able to navigate the mouth with ease and locate any issues inside that are undetectable to the naked eye. The camera can also capture the start of detrimental conditions such as gum recession or tooth grinding and begin treatment planning for the condition. Photographs make it far easier for our dental professionals at Westney North Dental to effectively keep track of their oral health condition.

Implement Patient Dental Hygiene Education and Communication

Oral health education should never end after your check-up at the dentist! Our dental clinic in Ajax works with you to develop good dental hygiene habits to prevent any issues and maintain proper cleaning and care habits. Informative photographs and educational videos help patients visually understand certain procedures, conditions and the state of their own teeth and gums. Seeing the state of your oral health in high-quality images allows you to focus on the areas you need to work on that you had not noticed previously.

Useful for Before and After Shots

For cosmetic dental treatments, dentists will often take the “before” and “after” of the patient’s mouth prior to the procedure. Having photographs of the inside of your mouth in the highest quality will help our dental professionals and yourself see the results more clearly. Using intraoral photography along with extraoral photography to capture the before and after images can get close-ups in great detail of the mouth. The hard-to-see angles that you want to ensure are perfectly white after your teeth whitening session will be captured via dental photography. This keeps you completely aware and provides you with immediate results of the treatment to allow you to compare the results with previous photographs of your teeth and gums. This can especially ease the anxiety of nervous patients by presenting them with their beautiful results and boosting confidence!

Westney North Dental is committed to providing effective and comprehensive dental services for each patient. Our Ajax dental centre is a comfortable, modern environment for our patients to feel at complete ease in. We only utilize the most advanced dental technologies and have a staff of compassionate, knowledgeable dental hygienists who will expertly treat and help answer any questions you may have. Stop by our office to meet our friendly staff or schedule an appointment online with us today!