Dental Photography: The Importance of Images for Your Dental Clinic
Why is dental photography important to your clinic?
The image is a resource that no sector can ignore, and the dental sector will not be less: dental photographs add value to diagnostics and facilitate the correct observation of clinical cases. In addition, they are a very effective tool as they help the dentist to document their work and communicate more effectively with both the dental laboratory and the patient.
Thanks to them, patients can better understand the treatment they are about to undergo and can observe everything that is usually out of their field of vision: this is due to the fact that even the smallest details become visible.
Dental photography allows us to analyze the anatomy of the oral cavity down to the millimeter and provides us with a good graphic dossier that helps us optimize our work and keep moving towards higher quality. On the other hand, it should be noted that they also perform an important commercial and promotional function to reach a larger number of potential patients.
Nowadays, the camera has become the main tool of dentists. Photographing the oral cavity and what it can show is essential if we are to offer the best possible care. We can distinguish between two types of dental photography: intraoral photography and extraoral photography.
Intraoral photographs show only the inside of the mouth, without showing the lips. These images are used at the beginning of treatment, intermediate stages and at the end, ensuring a complete follow-up of the patient. This requires lip retractors, mirrors and contrasting palettes.
These types of photographs are used in all specialties of dentistry due to their great value when it comes to demonstrating processes and results to both patients and colleagues.
They consist of: photographs of the teeth of the two arches, photographs of the upper and lower arches of the prosthesis, and photographs of the teeth of the upper arch. To make them, we must take into account certain tips and guidelines, in addition to a clear understanding of the following concepts: aperture opening, shutter speed, depth of field and ISO.
How do I achieve a clear image with minimal noise and true-to-life colors? To do this, you can use basic photographic equipment: enough camera, flash and tripod.
It is recommended to use a well-known, versatile camera with sufficient resolution for zooming. It doesn’t matter if it is mirrorless, compact or mirrored, as long as it is of sufficient quality. As for the lens, we recommend medium telephoto lenses. Use of flash and closed apertures is recommended.
Extraoral photographs are those in which we frame the patient's entire face. Thanks to them, specialists can see if the type of bite affects the morphology of the face.
The goal is to capture facial features and characteristics along with the patient's smile and be able to assess the overall change in the face after treatment is completed.
They are widely used in orthodontics, total restorations and implantology and require less technique than intraoral because they do not require special instruments.
These types of images consist of front, front, front, front, front, and front photos.
Digital dental photography
Dental digital photography is a prime example of how technological advances are helping develop more effective treatments. It is designed to know exactly how your mouth will look after the dental process is completed.
This is very important as it helps to find the right solution for each person. What used to be done by hand is now done with images that show all the details and measurements to ensure the desired result. This is a big step forward in improving the relationship with the patient.