With the increase in technology and reduction of equipment costs needed, dental intraoral photography is becoming more important and more accessible in the dental industry. Here are the top 10 reasons why our dental practice incorporates dental photography:
1- Diagnosing a Patient
Dental photographs can be treated like patient records, as they give our patients a more in-depth look at their teeth and gums in order to show any issues or evidence of the need for a procedure.
2- Educating a Patient
The intraoral photographs used with patients can help further the education and communication that dentists want to provide with all of our patients about the importance of proposed treatments and similar cases. This explanation through photography can help patients understand their diagnosis and what the treatment will do for them.
3- Reducing Malpractice
All dental practices do what we can to prevent or avoid a malpractice lawsuit, and having intraoral photographs as documentation can not only help a patient who is being mistreated by a specialist but also can defend a specialist who provided adequate service and treatment to a patient who is filing the lawsuit.
4- Proving Insurance Benefits
In more cases lately, insurance companies will not disburse benefits to patients until they receive proper evidence, such as charting and radiographs. Dental photography is another alternative to provide verification of tissue and other diagnosis through a supported narrative.
5- Consulting with a Specialist
Photographs of a specific issue that needs another colleague’s advice can help provide more in-depth information in a high quality image. For something that is obscure, such as a legion in the tongue or gums, a photograph sent to a consultant can save time and only take a phone call to find out what treatment will be needed for the patient.
6- Communicating With Laboratory
For esthetics needed in prosthesis, laboratories normally ask patients to be physically present in order to assist with a stone model mold. While these provide information on the tooth position and shape, a photograph can better show the tooth’s gum issues, shade or color. Dental photographs for these types of esthetics can provide the patient with an accurate hue or color compared to their real teeth.
7- Creating Before & After Photos
Don’t forget about advertising and marketing the dental practice itself! Placing before and after photos of past patients who have undergone procedures in our office can help potential patients know that we do a great job with any treatment that they may need. Original photographs, instead of stock images, also provide more trust in future patients.
8- Training Professionals
Learning from a textbook may not help engage professionals in learning how to directly operate and treat a specific diagnosis, but providing intraoral photographs from past patients can help professionals have some demonstration needed for their procedure.
9- Focusing on Self-Improvement
Continuing education for dentists is required in order to maintain a practice and license to operate; however, most lessons require hands-on practice from our own experiences. Photographs of past surgeries and cases can help dentists critique themselves and determine what needs to be changed for future patients and treatments.
10- Creating Positive Work Ethic
Having the mentality that everything we do could be photographed to show patients and colleagues can help us strive to be better and ensure that everything has been properly prepared, whether it be removing a tooth successfully or removing saliva.
Dental photography not only helps our dentists, but it provides us with a better understanding of our own dental hygiene and oral health. Schedule an appointment today at our Elmwood Park dental office or call to learn more. We are located near Oak Park, Melrose Park, River Forest, Maywood, Franklin Park, and Bellwood.