How to choose an intraoral camera? What problems should we pay attention to? This article will give you a detailed answer.
1. Why You Need an Intra Oral Camera
The intraoral camera is used to visualize the state of the mouth, such as tooth decay, calculus, tooth alignment, mouth ulcers, inflammation of the wisdom teeth, tooth loss, tooth defects, and various oral mucosal diseases. It is an essential piece of equipment in many dental clinics and hospitals.
①. The use of the dental camera can help the doctor to make a diagnosis on the one hand, and the patient to better understand their condition through the pictures on the other, facilitating clinical communication and diagnosis and treatment.
②. Using the software or the storage function of the SD card, the endoscope can archive the maximum number of pictures of the patient’s oral cavity to facilitate long-term patient consultation.
③. By using the software’s annotation function to mark the patient’s original images, you can minimize disputes between doctors and patients and help them understand their condition and treatment outcome.
④. Increase the social and economic benefits of clinics and hospitals, establish a standardized and reliable archive for the search and exchange of medical records, improve the quality of consultation and treatment in clinics and hospitals, and enhance the image of hospitals.
⑤. Information resource sharing, remote consultation, work exchange, scientific research, improving the efficiency of clinics and hospitals in material management and financial management, and providing timely and effective statistics for decision-makers.
2. Common Types and Prices of Intra Oral cameras
Wireless portable oral camera (50-100USD)
The portable wireless endoscope requires a WiFi connection to a mobile phone, tablet, or laptop and is simple to use, allowing you to view the condition of your mouth anywhere, anytime.
Features: portable, convenient, and suitable for personal use at home.
Intraoral camera with monitor (110-180USD)
It should be mounted on a dental chair by a bracket, are common clinic equipment with built-in WiFi capabilities that can display multiple images of the oral cavity at the same time, facilitating communication between the doctor and the patient and greatly improving the efficiency of treatment.
Features: multiple image display, image labeling, clear imaging, easy transfer of images, and the ability to use external storage devices for streaming files.
All-in-one endoscopy computer (350-550USD)
A built-in computer endoscope is a combination of an endoscope and a computer. in short, a PC with endoscopic functions.
Features: It is a computer and has a built-in case management system that allows the creation of cases for all patients, which greatly improves the efficiency of the clinic.
3. How to Check the Quality of A Dental Oral Camera
①. Appearance design and materials
The low-grade oral endoscope uses poor materials and a rough appearance, mainly shown in the keys and power switches of the oral endoscope. The low-grade oral endoscope uses plastic switches. A good oral endoscope generally uses metal micro-touch switches
②. Handle cable and connection mode
Many intraoral endoscopes are not well connected to the image processor. When the dentist is using them, the connecting cable will become loose due to constant rotation or pulling. then the socket will often be reconnected, which brings inconvenience to the diagnosis. and If the quality of the cable is too poor, it will be easily broken.
③. The Handle camera’s quality
Generally speaking, an unclear image is due to the wrong focal length of the lens. Many oral cameras are directly made of a camera handle with a mobile phone camera. The shooting effect is simply not comparable to that of a professional camera. If the lens is too small or the cold light source is insufficient, the image will have black-edged.
④. Image quality
An image processor made of a cheap chip will have poor image quality.
4. Selection of Endoscopes for the Dental Oral Camera
①. Camera chips
There are two types of oral endoscope cameras: CMOS chip and CCD chip. The type of camera determines the image quality. The image quality of the camera using a CCD chip is relatively clear, and the image taken by the camera using this chip is VGA output, while the image quality of the camera using a CMOS chip is slightly poor, and the image taken by the camera using this chip is AV output or USB output.
②. Camera pixels
The oral endoscope is a macro camera with a shooting distance of 3-50mm. At present, the effective pixels of the CCD chip is between 86 million and 130 million, and the effective pixels of the CMOS chip is between 30 million and 130 million. To judge whether an oral endoscope is clear, you can distinguish it by zooming in to see the edge of the image taken. If the image edge is smooth, it means the definition is good. If the image edge is serrated, it means the imaging quality is poor.
③. WIFI and storage functions
At present, most oral endoscopes on the market are equipped with a WiFi function, which allows doctors to transmit pictures through WiFi, greatly facilitating the diagnosis process.
Image storage is a very important function of the oral camera. The size of the storage capacity of the SD card determines the number of photos stored. The oral endoscope launched by Kinsun Dental is equipped with a WiFi function and an external USB storage device, which can store countless pictures.
④. Handle LED light
An important criterion for judging the quality of an oral camera is the brightness of the LED lamp. A good endoscope should have six lamps to ensure sufficient brightness. When the handle is placed in the mouth for taking pictures, other background parts in the mouth should also be bright, except for the teeth, so that the shooting effect will be better.
The display of the endoscope should be bright. Open the menu button of the display to see if the brightness or contrast is at 50%. If the display effect is good at 50%, the display quality is good. Another thing to remind you is that the ratio of endoscopic imaging is 4:3, so it is unnecessary to use a 16:9 widescreen.
5. Precautions for Using Intraoral Camera
1. The handle of the endoscope must be sheathed with a disposable sheath. Prevent mutual infection between patients, and also protect the camera.
2. Do not wipe the handle with alcohol or other articles without a jacket to prevent the camera lens from being blocked by dirt.
3. When the oral camera is not in use, the handle light can be turned off. The intra-oral camera produced by KINSUN is equipped with a magnetic switch. As long as the handle on the cardholder is pressed down, the light can be turned off, but the stored pictures are not deleted.
4. When the intraoral camera is not used at all, the power should be turned off completely. In order to prevent damage to the components caused by the continuous operation of the freeze frame and heating.
5. The display matched with the oral cavity camera shall be protected against scratches or corrosion of liquid medicine, and the power shall be turned off in time when not in use.
The above is the purchase guide for a dental intra-oral camera. If you need to purchase dental instrument products, please check KINSUN medical product list or contact us for the most favorable quotation.