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IRIS Intraoral Camera Wins 2018 Product Award

Dental Advisor submitted the IRIS Intraoral Camera to nine dentistry consultants and asked them to subject the camera to a clinical evaluation over a period of four months. Their verdict? IRIS was given a 96 percent clinical rating overall by that team of consultants. Read on and learn about this camera and what that 2018 evaluation entailed.

Overview of the IRIS Intraoral Dental Camera

The IRIS intraoral camera is a user-friendly dental camera which has a five-point focus wheel. A dentist can use this focus wheel to determine how large or how small the area captured in the image should be. Eight positions are available for the user to hone in on the type of image to be captured, such as clear images of the arch, entire smile, the full face and so many other areas of interest.

The IRIS intraoral camera comes with a cable which is 15-feet long so that the user isn’t constrained when moving about to capture a variety of images when a patient is in the operatory.

The camera comes with two capture buttons to suit operators who are either left-handed or right-handed. This has the added benefit of easing the capture of images even when the camera is being turned around in the mouth of the patient.

Sony’s hi-resolution CCD and eight-point LED lighting makes the camera capture clear and sharp images with true colors.

The IRIS intraoral camera requires 1GB RAM, a 2.0 USB interface and at least 2.0 GHz as its computer system requirements. IRIS now makes a version for MAC computers as well. The camera is charged via the USB port on any PC.

Other Reasons why more Dentist’s Choose IRIS 

HD intraoral camera

  • High Definition 720p resolution
  • Motion activated auto On/Off
  • 8-point true white LED array
  • One-piece slim design soft tip
  • Dual capture buttons for left or right hand use
  • One-touch 5-position electronic focus for a macro to infinite viewing with OSD
  • High performance impact and chemical resistant seamless body
  • USB 3.0 connector that fits standard delivery units


What the Consultants Said

The Stainless Steel Wand. The consultants agreed that the sleek, stainless steel wand is ideal for a clinical setting since this material is easy to maintain at the high standards of hygiene expected in a hospital setting. The stainless steel can also stand up to the harshness of some of the cleaning products commonly used in dental offices and hospitals. This is unlike plastic wands that soon wear due to the impact of the cleaning products typically used in a dental office or hospital setting.

Camera Software. IRIS also received kudos because the software upon which it operates was found to be easy to integrate into most of the commonly used patient management systems in dental offices.

The Lens. The 90° lens makes positioning the camera to capture images easy and intuitive. The images captured will, therefore, be sharp and clear due to the natural orientation of the lens.

The Barrier Sheath. Not many cameras can work satisfactorily when a barrier sheath is in place. Some models don’t even allow a barrier sheath to be installed. The IRIS intraoral camera is one of those few dental cameras whose image quality isn’t affected even with a barrier sheath in place.

The Lighting. The LED lights were found to be more than adequate to illuminate the field as images are taken. Those lights could also be turned off as a user is capturing images that have been backlit by x-rays.

The Consultants’ Conclusions

11% of the consultants who evaluated the IRIS Intraoral Camera said that it was similar to other intraoral cameras available. However, the majority of the consultants were of the view that the IRIS intraoral camera was superior to the other products on the market. All the consultants were in agreement that they would recommend the IRIS Intraoral Camera to any dental practice which needed equipment. They also recommended that dental practices using the IRIS camera should install a cable kit in all the operatories where they expect to use the IRIS intraoral camera so that moving the camera from one operatory to another is seamless. All in all, Dental Advisor relied on the report of the consultants to award IRIS Intraoral Camera the 2018 Product Award.

Help Patients Say Yes to Treatment

Help  Patients Say Yes to Treatment

A recent statistic states that there is $32 billion in treatment approved for financing Care Credit still waiting to be scheduled – why?

Why are patients not ready to purchase? Are my services not good enough? Are they going to find another dentist?

Sometimes we forget our patients are consumers too. The reason why they may not be ready to purchase is most likely because of the thought process behind consumer purchases.

Think about the last time you purchased something. Maybe you bought a flat screen TV or a brand-new car or limited addition shoes you.

What made you buy it? Was it the product itself? Was it the look, the feel or the design of the product? Was the product on sale? Did you need your purchase or did your emotions play a role in your decision?

The average consumer today buys based on their emotion. So how do I get my patients to buy from me when there seems like there’s little room for improvement?

Well, many doctors will say “My intraoral camera image is good enough.”  But good enough for who?  The highly educated consumer sitting in your chair with a $1,150 cell phone in their pocket? 

The average consumer today expects the best experience possible, so they will notice if your office equipment is outdated. New technology, like intraoral cameras, is constantly improving so there’s always room for improvement, Consider upgrading your cameras and monitors in your office to make their experience even better.


How an Intraoral Camera Can Have a Huge Impact on Your ROI

How an Intraoral Camera Can Have a Huge Impact on Your ROI

So you tell your patient he needs to get a couple of crowns or fillings after conducting a routine cleaning and exam.

Your patient looks at you uncomfortably and says, “Maybe I can decide on my next appointment, Doc. I don’t have any pain, at all.”

Then you see the distrust in his eyes and tell him reassuringly, “Sure, no worries. I just hope the problem with your teeth would not have grown worse by then.”

He then reaches for his wallet, murmurs “Thank you,” and rushes off.

Sound familiar?

Now, you’re not sure if he’s ever really coming back, even after six months when he’s supposed to have his next routine cleaning appointment.

But have you ever considered getting an intraoral camera for cavity detection and other crucial aspects of your practice? If not, consider the following advantages:

  • Early detection of dental problems – The smallest signs of a growing dental issue such as hairline fractures can be easily detected with an intraoral camera.
  • Accurate diagnosis – With the crystal-clear, sharp images that you can take with an intraoral camera, you’ll be able to make precise diagnoses and recommended the right treatment every time. For more difficult cases, you can easily confer with other experts since high-resolution images will be available during consultation.
  • Patient education – You can virtually do “show and tell” in real time. This means you can take your patient on a “dental tour” of his or her mouth, showing areas where gum disease may be a concern, as well as plaque and other early signs of tooth decay.
  • Improved doctor-patient relations – With an intraoral camera, your patient knows right away that you’re not “making stuff up” in terms of his or her oral health. Images of patients’ teeth and gums taken in real-time means they see exactly what you see, and you can easily point out areas they need to be concerned about.
  • Increased case and treatment acceptance – Using images taken with an intraoral camera means your patients won’t need a lot of convincing to make decisions for their treatment because they know and have seen the state of their dental health.
  • Filing or future case documentation – The availability of images from each patient case means you need not spend a lot of time writing up descriptions of each case. You’ll also save on office space as you can avail of both traditional PC-based and cloud-based information storage options.
  • Stronger dental insurance claims – When there are problems with dental insurance claims, there really is nothing like crystal clear pictures painfully detailing your patient’s dental problem and the need for treatment to reassure insurance companies that the claim being made is well-founded and legitimate.
  • Enhanced practice reputation – Having an intraoral camera around can have an immense impact on your credibility and integrity as a dental practitioner. Your patients trust you, and you can also trust them to refer you to friends and family.

The key takeaways here, in terms of the profitability of your practice are, of course, improved relations with your patients and case acceptance.

So now that you are familiar with how an intraoral camera can have a huge impact on your ROI, it’s high time you do some more research and shop around. How many do you need? What can I expect in terms of a % of growth in Year 1?

You can start off by exploring the IRIS intraoral camera series, including the IRIS USB 2.0 Chair or IRIS LTE USB 2.0 intraoral cameras which both offer flexibility and ease of use as well as sharp, high-resolution imaging results. Contact us today to schedule a free demo.


Selecting the Best Caries Detection Tools for Your Dental Practice

Selecting the Best Caries Detection Tools for Your Dental Practice

There’s no question that caries or cavity detection is one of the most important tasks of dental practitioners. In fact, a lot of patients will only go to a dentist if they feel pain – the proverbial toothache – or if they see physical signs in their teeth such as bleeding and/or discoloration.

This is primarily the reason why it is so important for dentists to ensure they have the education, training, skills, experience and current technology required to establish a sound and respected clinical practice.

Therefore, in light of this common need among patients, selecting the best caries detection tools for your practice is paramount to ensure you get accurate information in order to arrive at a correct diagnosis and treatment recommendation.

Below is a list of detection tools used in dental practice:

1. Detection Dye

The caries detection dye or disclosing agent has been an important supplemental ingredient in the use of the dental explorer, otherwise known as the “sickle probe,” and spoon excavator.

Traditionally used to prod and probe teeth for the presence of cavities, the dental explorer requires the use of caries detection dye as the latter is usually effective in detecting caries after teeth have been subjected to a thorough cleaning.

Detection dye can accurately differentiate between non-remineralizable and remineralizable dentin and is considered one of the more cost-effective caries detection tools.

As you may know, staining solution is applied to the thoroughly dried and isolated area and usually left for 10 seconds and then rinsed off (sometimes immediately, according to the manufacturer’s recommendation).

Areas that turn scarlet red (or even dark blue or green, as the case may be, depending on the formulation of the solution) are identified as carious dentin and are subsequently removed with a round bur and slow speed handpiece and/or a spoon excavator.

The problem with this method is that it can lead to false positives because circumpulpal dentin and that which is found in the dentino-enamel junction are less mineralized.

2. Laser fluorescence (LF)

Used to measure the extent and depth of decay, laser fluorescence technology can be used both for diagnosis and treatment.

It is known that bacteria fluoresce when subjected to various wavelengths of light, a premise upon which LF technology is built upon. When carious structures are detected, the device gives off an audio signal indicating the extent of caries.

Current improvements in the technology offer greater accuracy in detection, although the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that LF is used in conjunction with other caries detection methods for better and more accurate diagnosis and treatment.

The effectiveness of this tool is highly dependent on the level of expertise/training of the dental practitioner.

3. Intraoral cameras

More efficiently used together with dental imaging technology and/or dental management software, intraoral cameras offer precise, real-time images to detect dental problems, including caries.

Connected to a PC monitor or TV screen visible to the patient, intraoral cameras produce high-resolution images and enable dentists to see hard-to-reach sections of the oral cavity. Depending on the model, they are generally lightweight, flexible and easy to manipulate.

The LūM Transillumination, by, Digital Doc, attaches to the IRIS intraoral cameras not only taking external photos of the teeth, gums and general mouth area but also features sub-enamel illumination showing nearly X-ray like images. This technology is extremely powerful when presenting a treatment plan to your patients.

Choose your technology

While there are other tools available for the early detection of dental caries, both old and new, it is up to you, the dental practitioner, to decide on which will work best for you.

In making your decision, always take into account the level of accuracy the tool you use produces. It will directly impact the diagnoses you will be making, and the treatments you will be subjecting your patients to. Remember, quality over quantity goes a long way in dentistry. Choosing the right equipment will earn you trust, and raving fans in your patients.

In short, the success and reputation of your practice depend on it, so be sure to do your homework.  

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The Evolution Of Caries Detection Technology

evolution of caries dental detection technology

The evolution of caries dental detection technology has made it possible for dentists to employ more than one method of detection. Dentists today need to ensure they detect both visible and invisible spots of decay. Because of this, cavity detection is much easier. Dentists are in a great position to identify even the smallest cavities and treat them properly and immediately.

If you have ever had a case where cavity detection was questionable, just think of the dentists decades before you who did not have the clean, clear technology we have today. Here’s a look at some of the different methods and types of technology from the earliest to the latest ones used to diagnose cavities:

The Trusted Old Visual Inspection

Looking for changes in the enamel surface of the tooth is a traditional, tried-and-tested cavity detection method. The dentist will look for brown, black, gray, and white stains on a patient’s teeth.

This is also when dentists look for any stains around the edges of existing fillings or crowns you have. Since they sometimes can be an indication that decay is starting or will be developing soon in these areas. While the visual inspection is likely part of your current diagnostic exam, we know dentists have to rely on more than a visual inspection these days.


Exploration is another traditional and commonly used method for detecting dental caries. The dentist will run a metal instrument over the tops of your teeth. If the fine-tipped explorer gets caught in the pits of soft enamel, your dentist will immediately know the tooth has a cavity. Not always the most accurate diagnostic tool but still a common practice today.

Caries Detector Dyes

Another old and effective method of detecting cavities is using caries detector or disclosing dyes. The dye is used to provide the dentist with a visual of the location of the cavities. It was applied directly to the tooth or teeth that the patient and dentist suspect of having dental caries. We wrote about this in a previous post in more detail. While this is not a method patients prefer or dentists use regularly it is still a technique taught in dental school today.

Intraoral Camera

Intraoral cameras are small, pen-like tools dentists use to take a closer look at the inside of your mouth and locate decay before it can destroy the tooth surface.

When your dentist uses an intraoral camera, patients won’t feel any pain or discomfort. Simply hover the tip of the camera around the inside of your mouth to take images. These images will then be projected onto a nearby screen which you and your patient can see together.

The best and latest intraoral cameras bring the smallest details into vivid full-screen high-resolution focus. These images will help dentists have an easier time detecting even the smallest dental cavity.

Sub-enamel Illumination

Lastly, sub-enamel illumination is the preferred way for dentists to diagnose hard to see cavities. These devices are handheld wand-like tools used to detect interproximal dental caries.

The LUM device applies a high-intensity light source to the tooth. If the tooth is unhealthy or has impurities such as cavities or fractures, the light is dispersed and will show up clearly in X-ray-like images.

Sub-enamel illumination is one of the best dental caries detection technologies today.

The Ultimate Dentist’s Guide to Selecting Intraoral Cameras

Ultimate Dentist’s Guide to Selecting Intraoral Cameras

There was a time when intraoral cameras were used in only a handful of dental practices.

Introduced back in the 1990s, this type of dental equipment was mostly viewed as an unnecessary expense and luxury.

Back then, the initial outlay was high, with relatively more sophisticated models priced as high as $40,000, so very few dental practitioners actually bothered to explore the benefits intraoral cameras offered.   

These days, however, more dentists have come to embrace the importance of having an intraoral camera in their practice for effective caries detection.

Here is the ultimate dentist’s guide to selecting intraoral cameras.

Benefits of Intraoral Cameras

If you are currently still on the fence when it comes to intraoral cameras, consider the following benefits of having one per chair at a minimum, per provider:

  • Factor in who is sitting in your chair.  Today, it is the most educated consumer on imaging in history, thanks to cell phones.  Your patients today can tell the difference between SD (standard definition) and HD in a second.  
  • It’s an important diagnostic tool that enables you to show the extent of, say, damage in the teeth and/or gums even when there is no pain.
  • In terms of restorative dentistry, you can show and compare the state of the teeth prior to and after treatment
  • Validation: Your patient can see the state of his/her oral health in real-time as you explain what treatment is required to address problems such as plaque, corroded fillings, bleeding gums, hairline fractures, etc.
  • Aside from being lightweight and ergonomically designed, intraoral camera wands are made to rotate from 0 to 90 degrees and use LED lighting technology for clear images, and they come with powerful magnification features.
  • Because of the way it is designed, even hard-to-reach areas have become highly accessible so that the availability of sharp, high-resolution images would be helpful in settling insurance claims and in ensuring your patient understands his/her dental situation and appreciate the therapy recommended.
  • Instead of relying on written records for patient dental files, you can make use of typical or cloud-based storage, including actual images that detail patient histories.

Essential Considerations When Buying an Intraoral Camera

Although intraoral cameras have become relatively more affordable in recent years, there are some important factors you need to consider to ensure you are investing in the right equipment.

They include the following:

  • Imaging software integration – Whether you are investing in a high-end intraoral wand or a single lens reflex (SLR) camera, you need to ensure the unit you buy can seamlessly work with current imaging and practice management software.
  • Image resolution and other image enhancement features (auto white balance, contrast, auto illumination)
  • Camera focus and exposure
  • Camera capture button – Must be conveniently located for unhampered operation
  • Build or material used – Your device needs to be lightweight enough for ease of use and accuracy but should also be sturdy and durable
  • Installation, support, and warranty

Don’t know where to start?

There are excellent models to choose from currently out in the market, including the IRIS series. The IRIS HD USB 3.0 dental camera, for example, is guaranteed to produce razor-sharp images of even the minutest details.

So if you’re ready to scale up your practice and develop stronger relationships with your patients, do your research and partner with a company who is focused on seeing this technology significantly impact your practice.

Dental Instrument Quality Test Guidelines

All of the cliche sayings like, “time is money”, and “you get what you pay for” come to mind when we talk about dental instrument quality test guidelines. In this short video with our President, Brett Wilson, we share why quality test guidelines are important for your patients safety. Let us know what questions you have! 

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