Intraoral Photos Benefits

Accurate Charting

Intraoral cameras are an invaluable diagnostic tool.

Identifying Restorative Materials

(both existing and ideal)

Visualize Oral Health

This may also enable patients to better understand any oral health issue.

Dentist examinating a patients mouth with an intraoral camera


Intraoral Photos

Intraoral cameras allow dentists to expand their interpretation and perception of a patient’s condition. They also assist in the execution of a well-made, personalized treatment plan. Intraoral photos may reveal any defects in the teeth and other parts of the oral cavity that may have otherwise gone unnoticed.

Dental photos are available at Arizona Family Dental in Chandler and the surrounding area. Intraoral photography can help enhance patient education and expedite the healing process.


Intraoral Photos and Diagnosis

Even today, it is not uncommon for some dentists to diagnose certain conditions after an unassisted visual examination. Though these may sometimes suffice, a more in-depth inspection is occasionally necessary.


Accurate Diagnoses

Intraoral cameras allow dentists to take close-up photos of the teeth from angles that they could not otherwise see, facilitating the diagnosis process. This can even be true when a patient has undergone an X-ray, as certain conditions may be more apparent "in the flesh."


Establish a "Baseline"

Any anomalies from these photos will then be more easily identifiable as potential causes for concern. Dental photos can also make visits more convenient for patients, who may have otherwise needed to be subjected to hours of visual examination for a proper diagnosis.

a young woman with her mouth open being exanimated by a dentist


FAQ's About Intraoral Photos

  • Will my insurance carrier accept dental photos as verification of my condition?

    The answer depends on your carrier and condition. However, most insurance carriers require some form of charting, radiographs, or narrative before disbursing benefits. Intraoral photographs can often help to support a patient’s case.

  • How are dental photos useful in prostheses?

    Stone models are commonly used to depict a patient's tooth position and shape. Unfortunately, these models fail to capture tooth or gingival character, color, or shade. Color-corrected intraoral photos can assist in creating the most natural-looking prosthetic teeth for the patient.

  • What should I expect when my dental photos are being taken?

    We may take intraoral photos before, during, or after your treatment. In any case, you will need to rest comfortably in one of our chairs and hold certain positions. We will set up lights and mirrors to get the most accurate depiction of the mouth, and we may hold back your lips as necessary to allow for a good view of the mouth and teeth. Once we have taken the photographs, Arizona Family Dental will review them with you and point out both the healthy areas and potential areas of concern.

  • What are some dental conditions that you can identify with intraoral photos?

    There is a wide array of health conditions we may be able to detect with intraoral photography. Some of the most common are cavities, cracks, decay, enamel texture, gum disease, and tooth and gum abnormalities.

  • Do I need to take intraoral photos every time I go to the dentist?

    No. Every patient has different needs. Some may need to take more frequent intraoral photos, and some may need to take less. In any case, they are generally not required during every check-up. Arizona Family Dental may use intraoral photography to establish any existing conditions or make a diagnosis before creating a customized treatment plan for you.