Intraoral Cameras: True or False Quiz

truefalsesignwoodsHave you ever noticed we use a lot of specialized equipment during your dental visits? This is because we want to help you feel knowledgeable, while we promote efficiency and comfort. For instance, we use intraoral cameras to capture instant images of your smile. Perhaps you have seen an image of your teeth up on a monitor during a checkup and wondered where the photo came from. To learn more about these dental cameras and what you can expect, we encourage you to take a look over the following quiz:

Intraoral Camera True-or-False Quiz

  1. True or False: We will use a regular digital camera to take images of the inside of your mouth, then we will zoom in.
  2. True or False: Intraoral cameras are comfortable and efficient.
  3. True or False: We only use an intraoral camera to show you oral diseases, such as tooth decay.

Quiz Answer Key

  1. False. We use an advanced device that has been specifically designed for use within your mouth. Unlike a typical camera, an intraoral camera is a small, handheld device similar to a wand. It includes a slim tip with a small lens on the end. We can gently insert the camera into different locations of your mouth for quick imaging. We will take a snapshot with the click of a button.
  2. True. An intraoral camera is designed to make your visit more efficient. You will not need to worry about the comfort associated with this device because you will likely barely even feel it near or in your mouth. Rather than attempting to explain what we are seeing when we take a look inside of your mouth, we can show you an image on a monitor quite quickly. This improves doctor-patient community for a streamlined visit.
  3. False. We may, in fact, show you what we are looking at within your mouth if you are suffering from a problem, such as tooth decay, requiring restorative care. However, this type of camera also gives us the ability to quickly take high-resolution images of your entire smile. We can zoom in and then zoom out, for a comprehensive look at your grin. This is particularly helpful when planning cosmetic treatments that include detail work and a big picture understanding of desired improvement.


James Stewart, DDS, and our compassionate staff proudly serve patients of all ages from Livonia, Farmington Hills, Plymouth, Northville, Dearborn Heights, Garden City, and all surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation, call our office today at (734) 425-4400.