February 18, 2011 Can You See...      What’s on Your Teeth? The mouth can be a very dark, confined space.  Often times, it can be very difficult to see inside,  even for a dentist.  Digital intraoral camera technology can greatly aid in the magnification and  illumination of teeth to allow for earlier detection of cavities, breakdown of fillings, cracks in  fillings/teeth, gum disease, and many other conditions that can otherwise be missed by the naked  eye.    At the Exceptional Smile, Dr. Fandino uses this technology for the goal of preserving more tooth  structure and periodontal tissues, saving you from expensive and more invasive dental treatment in  the long run.  The intraoral photos that Dr. Fandino takes instantly appear on the chairside computer  screen for you to see.  You no longer have to “take your dentist’s word for it” that you need a new  filling, crown or other type of treatment.  Dr. Fandino will instantly show you on the screen what exact  condition your teeth and gums are in so you can make your own well-informed decision on your  treatment. Here are some high magnification photos taken with our digital intraoral camera.  Would you be able to look in your bathroom mirror and see these conditions in your mouth? Even for a dentist, many of these conditions can be very difficult to detect with the naked eye.  For  example, if you have fillings that have been in your mouth for a long time, the seals around some of  these fillings may be breaking down.  Without proper magnification tools such as digital intraoral cameras, these seal breakdowns—called  microleakage—can go many years undetected.    Microleakage is often painless, which makes it even more difficult to detect.  When microleakage is  finally visible with the naked eye, the recurring decay that has resulted underneath the filling may  have gotten so large that the tooth may end up needing a crown—or possibly even a root canal—to  properly restore it back to normal health and function.  If microleakage around a filling can be  detected early—especially through the use of a digital intraoral camera— more original tooth  structure can be preserved, reducing the possible need for a crown or root canal in the future.  Give us a call for an examination and experience firsthand how digital intraoral camera technology  can benefit your oral health.