Tools of the Trade review: Sirocam 2 intra-oral camera


by Dr Ali Khalessi, Victoria Court Dental, East Gosford, NSW

I started using the Sirocam 2 intra-oral camera about two years ago and have found it to be an invaluable tool for any dental practice.

What’s good about it

Prior to owning an intra-oral camera, I used a digital single-lens reflex camera for all photography in the practice. I still use the DSLR camera for full mouth, anterior and dental arch photography, and to communicate with dental labs. However, I use the intra-oral camera extensively to get consent for treatment, patient education, before-and-after shots and general record keeping.

It allows the dentist to communicate clearly with a patient.

The first intra-oral camera I ever used had great trouble connecting wirelessly with the computer and a battery that went flat quickly. If an instrument takes more than 15 seconds to set up, it tends not be used very frequently. Thankfully, things have improved since then and today’s technology is really reliable. The Sirocam 2 intra-oral camera I use now is part of the headpiece consul which makes it easy to use.

What’s not so good

There are still many areas that most intra-oral cameras could improve. Better illumination would mean sharper images and the ability to take extra-oral photos of the face and facial lesions. Even though these cameras have good lenses, DSLR cameras are far superior.

An improved zoom capability would allow full dental arch photos to be taken. The focusing ability is usually pretty basic.

If I had a wish list, I would like the manufacturers to incorporate diagnostic tools and a tooth shade recognition capability in the camera.

Where did you get it

Sirona Dental

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