As a dentist, we want our diagnosis to be accurate. As a patient, we want to understand the diagnosis given to us and have confidence in the treatment proposed. The Soprolife intraoral camera does just the trick. This new device uses fluorescence technology to find and detect cavities. The Soprolife camera emits a light onto the tooth and, when it is in treatment or diagnosis mode, the tooth will emit a color that helps the dentist to determine if the tooth is healthy or diseased. The color change allows the patient to be able to see what the dentist is talking about much easier and have peace of mind that they are getting the best treatment plan possible.
The camera has three modes: daylight mode, diagnosis mode, and treatment mode. In daylight mode the dentist can take the patient on a visual tour of their mouth. The camera images are displayed on a monitor and the patient and dentist are able to view the images. This intraoral camera can magnify teeth 30 – 100 times! Dentists and patients are able to see things they never saw before. The diagnosis mode is when a fluorescent light is emitted onto the tooth. The tooth will then emit a color in varying shades which aids the dentist in determining if there is decay present. During a dental procedure, the camera can be placed in treatment mode. Once in this mode, the device is able to become even more sensitive and can help the dentist in detecting healthy verses infected dental tissue.
This camera allows the dentist to have one more tool in their toolbox to help aid them in diagnosing carious lesions, or cavities. The dentists will detect cavities by visually inspecting the tooth, using a dental instrument to “feel” decay, and by dental radiographs. The Soprolife camera is the newest breakthrough in dental technology that a dentist can use to help guide him or her in cavity detection and diagnosis.
With this camera, a dentist can detect cavities sooner than with other techniques and devices. If the lesion is detected sooner, the result is a more conservative treatment plan thus preserving more tooth structure. Minimally invasive dentistry is the philosophy of many dentists. Our belief is to preserve as much tooth structure as possible during the removal of a cavity. The sooner the cavity is found, the less damage a tooth has endured, and the smaller the restoration.
Dentists want to detect cavities before the patient has any discomfort. If the patient is experiencing discomfort that could mean that the bacteria from the cavity are causing inflammation in the pulpal structure of the tooth and a root canal may be indicated. It’s important to see your dentist regularly so they can check your teeth to find cavities before you start having pain.
Dr. Ryanne Hazen is owner of Smile Expressions Family Dentistry and is one of the most recognized Lake County Dentists Dr. Ryanne Hazen has been trained to use the Soprolife Intraoral camera.