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Photo-intensive reports create impact, value in dental care


Photo 7: Extracted tooth fragment image for the final report.
Clinical survey images are taken
  • All quadrants should be photographed unless there is a specific problem (fractured tooth, oral mass). The photographer should consider how the final printed image will appear to avoid imaging extraneous objects (endotracheal tube, gauze, fingers, mouth gag) (Photos 2, 3, 4.).
  • If pocket depths are present, image the periodontal probe inserted.

Post-treatment images

  • Take photos of cleaning, extraction, mass removal, root canal therapy.

Clients really appreciate the before and after enlarged teeth cleaning images (Photo 12).

  • Pictures of the radiographs are taken.

Photo 8: Upload digital images of the case.
Dental radiography is essential in dental care. Radiographs of abnormal findings give the client black-and-white support of treatment decisions and the degree of disease. Digital radiographs can be downloaded directly into the software program when preparing the final report (Photos 5, 6, 7.).
  • Upload images into Photobase.

Photo 9: Add text to identify the patient name and date.
Multiple digital cameras are used in our office to help keep track of several ongoing cases. Digital cameras are equipped with flashcards that hold images. The flash card is removed from the camera, inserted in the computer, and all images are downloaded into the Photobase file specifically earmarked for each patient (Photo 8).

Images are enhanced The goal of the final report is to tell a story. What did the patient present with? What did diagnostic tests show? What was done, and how does the inside of the mouth look like after treatment? Tell the story with as few images as possible. Pick out the images to be included in the final report from those downloaded.

  • Highlight the image and examine how it will appear in the final report. Most images will need easy cropping, adjustment of brightness or contrast before finalizing. Circles or arrows are added to show the client specifically where disease is present (Photo 9).
  • Text is added to each image.

Each image is different. A few words to identify what the image represents helps the client understand what the picture represents (Photo 10).

  • Set up the image order and determine the number of images per page.

Photo 10: The autofix component in photography editing software provides the best image.
The client/patient image is placed in the upper left corner, followed by the abnormal clinical radiograph, and finally post treatment image. Six to eight images per page is preferred. The larger the image, the more impact.
  • Create header and footer.


Source: DVM360 MAGAZINE,
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