Clinical survey images are taken
Photo 7: Extracted tooth fragment image for the final report.
- 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.
- 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.
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.).
Photo 8: Upload digital images of the case.
- Upload images into Photobase®.
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).
Photo 9: Add text to identify the patient name and date.
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
- 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
- Set up the image order and determine the number of images per page.
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.
Photo 10: The autofix component in photography editing software provides the best image.
- Create header and footer.