People seldom have a clear idea of what’s going on with their teeth, until something hurts… and then it may be too late to take care of the problem easily or inexpensively. Even with lights and mirrors, you can’t see what Dr. Fisher and Dr. Zitterich or our hygienist Glenda sees – that is, until now.
We use intraoral cameras, so when you visit our office, you can sit comfortably back in your chair and see everything we see. We use a small camera-tipped wand, about the size of an electric toothbrush. Covered with a disposable plastic sheath for cleanliness, the camera takes high-resolution pictures of the inside of your mouth and transmits the images via cable to a computer. The computer then enlarges the full-color images and sends them to a TV screen that you can comfortably view from the dental chair. Dr. Fisher and Dr. Zitterich can help you see areas of concern and explain options for treatment, so you’ll become an informed partner in your dental care instead of a clueless bystander.
Seeing your teeth “up close and personal” may seem overwhelming at first, but it’s of huge value to you! The camera may reveal the early stages of potentially serious problems, allowing you the opportunity to prevent or care for small problems before they escalate. This is especially helpful with gum disease and other conditions that cause damage without causing pain like beginning cracks in teeth. The camera’s honest survey can also show you how your regular home hygiene routine is paying off as Glenda can help you see hard to clean areas that may need more attention when you’re brushing and flossing at home.