I’m often asked the question “What is better, intraoral video camera or external dental video camera?”. As I like to do let me break down the positive and negatives of both systems.
Intraoral Video Camera Pros
Intraoral Video Camera Cons
- Usually hand held, which results in shaky unstable video quality.
- Short depth of field which means the camera itself is usually in the way.
- Sterility – Because the intraoral video camera is in the surgical field there can be sterility issues.
- Lens splash – Because of the close proximity of the camera it often is splashed when irrigation is used in the procedure. This can delay the shoot while cleanup is preformed or worse it is not noticed and all the footage is rendered useless.
External Dental Video Camera Cons
- Occlusal and lingual shots are achieved using a mirror.
External Dental Video Camera Pros
- Usually ceiling mounted, which results in stable high quality video.
- Long depth of field which means the camera itself is out of the way. Usually 14 to 18 inches away.
- Sterility – Because the external dental video camera is out of the surgical field there isn’t any sterility issues.
- Lens splash – Because the camera is placed away from the surgical site, splash is very rare.
Each operatory is unique. Each oral surgeon, periodontist or dentist is unique. This is why we start each relationship with a detailed needs analysis which insures a dental video camera that exceeds your expectations.
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