Photographs and X-rays of your teeth are an essential tool for diagnosis and treatment planning. Here we will share, an easy way to take photos on your own and sending them abroad to your dentist.
How will Pictures Help?
- Pictures can be emailed to the dentist in your desired location for evaluation.
- Help in the assessment of the problem being faced.
- You can discuss your symptoms with the consultant or advisor over phone or email, complemented by the photos.
- Photos serve as a guide towards the patient’s expectations.
- These help the dentist to arrive at a provisional diagnosis before your arrival.
- The dentist may be able to send you a personalized treatment plan.
Examples of Photos to be clicked
|Take a picture with lips closed.||Close the teeth in a natural position, biting on the back teeth.||Reflect the upper lip to show the gums.|
|Reflect the lower teeth to show the gums.||Open the mouth wide to show all the back teeth.||Open the mouth wide to show all back teeth.|
Guidelines for taking Good Teeth Photographs
- Brush and floss your teeth before you take your photos. Unclean teeth make it difficult to clearly see and assess your problem.
- Take photographs in a brightly lit room. Do not stand directly in front of the light source. A light behind your head also makes it difficult to see the teeth. If you use a flash, and it is making your teeth shine, turn it off.
- Ask someone to take the picture for you. It’s difficult to take close, focussed photos that capture all of your teeth when you take them on your own. Do not take a front camera selfie, as it reverses the sides.
- Your smile should take up the almost full-frame when taking your picture. As a standard practice, take photos from one hand distance from the mouth.
- Make sure your pictures match the samples provided in the document.
- Click all your teeth, importantly the back ones; molars. Make sure you are not covering up any of your teeth with your fingers or lips.
- If you are biting for a photograph, bite on the back teeth. This is your actual bite that a dentist needs to see.
Limitation of Selfies
Self-pictures cannot be used in case of dental implants. There is a side reversal in these photographs, thus it is advisable to take help of someone in clicking these pictures.
Dental X Rays
There are three main kinds of dental Xrays:
- Intra Oral Periapical Radiograph (IOPAR)
- Panoramic X-ray (OPG)
- Computed Tomography (CT Scan)
These are single tooth Xrays. They are useful to find out focused problems e.g., cavities, root canals. These can be digital or hard copies.
Also, known as OPG (Orthopantomogram), these are full mouth Xrays. They are useful to find out the general health status of the oral cavity. These can be digital or hard copies.
Limitations of IOPAR and Panoramic X-ray
IOPAR and Panoramic x-rays will show most of the dental problems. These are not the most advanced radiographic methodology for dental implant diagnosis.
These are the gold standard in dental X-rays. 3D scans are mandatory for dental implant evaluation. They correctly show the bone height, width, and density, and also make it possible to trace the mandibular nerves.
You can obtain a 3D scan for free (under dental insurance) or at a nominal cost (self-pay).
Limitations of CT scan
Challenging to send as it is a large file.
How to Share the Hard Copy Photographs and Xrays?
- Click a photograph of the X-rays or scan them with the top of the scanner open in a well-lit room.
- Save it to your computer.
- E-mail the scanned copies to the email address provided by the case manager as an attachment.
How to Share Digital Copy Photographs and Xrays?
Photographs, IOPAR, and even Panoramic X rays can be easily emailed as an attachment.
CT scans cannot be sent via email and will have to either be uploaded on our Dropbox address (which will be provided by your case manager) or mailed to the dental clinic of your desired destination.
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