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Sharing questions taken from Dr. Rubin’s “Ask the Dentist” Home News column.
Q: I recently moved and my new dentist does not have the neat little camera that my old dentist had that showed the inside of my mouth on a little color screen. Should I be concerned that he is not up to speed with the latest dental advances?
Dr. Rubin: The piece of equipment that you’re referring to is called an intra-oral camera (IOC). It is a fiber-optic lit camera that shows a 200-times magnified live image of your teeth and is about the size of a nickel. the benefit to the patient is that it can detect dental problems much earlier, before they become painful, which usually results in a more costly treatment.
In my office, I use the IOC during the new patient exam so each patient is able to see exactly what I see. Then the images are printed so that we can discuss the treatment plan and refer back to the photos if necessary. To be honest, I cannot imagine a dental office in today’s world operating without this piece of equipment. Dentists are able to see the smallest details thanks to the IOC, which results in fantastic dentistry.
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After almost 25 years, Nanette has decided to retire and move to Florida.
Q: When I moved to this area my previous dentist gave me all my records including photos and x-rays to pass on to the new dentist of my choosing. Although I would have liked to finish my work in Arizona, I was not able to do so.
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