Dental photography is an essential tool which is utilised every day at the Lumed Surgery. It is a clear method of communicating with a patient that allows greater understanding of what, how and why a procedure is being carried out. Good communication with a patient is extremely important to us, and there is no better way of explaining the state of a patient’s teeth than having high-quality images displayed on large screen. There all defects, tooth colour, irregularities and damage, smile width, asymmetry etc., are visible. We then present the issues to the patient more easily and create a detailed plan for a new smile, which can range from simple repairs to more complex smile makeovers. In a conversation patients can more easily express their wishes and convey them to us. This provides for more precise wishes of the patients, which more often than not results in getting the teeth we want no later than during the second visit, and with no necessary corrections. Clear communication leads to the best results.

Furthermore it is an important tool that allows for cooperation with the dental laboratory, especially in instances where and individual crown is being manufactured. This method allows a technician to see the surrounding teeth, their colour, transparency, tooth wear and surface structure. These are all very important factors when manufacturing ceramic crowns so that they can fit into the row of teeth and create the perfect smile.

We take before and after pictures of almost every patient undergoing treatment. This gives us a comparison of the initial and final state, allowing us to see the big changes and pleasing outcomes.

The main reasons we do this are:

  1. Clear communication with the patient and the dental technical laboratory
  2. Detailed analysis and development of a treatment plan
  3. Effective and transparent presentation of treatment results
  4. Motivation that drives us to be better
  5. Documentation

Although we do not lack motivation and the will to achieve quality treatment outcomes, photography is something that shows a great deal of detail and possible defects that most people would not be able to see, but for us it provides not only an additional ‘push’ but also self-education.

In which procedures is photography most often used?

  1. Prosthetics (smile makeover, veneers, crowns, bridges and combination treatments)
  2. Whitening (especially with whitening splints which allows for a more gradual result)
  3. ICON (Icon Resin Infiltration) treatment (white spot removal treatment)
  4. More comprehensive dental repairs. Sometimes also during dental treatment, especially in instances where teeth have interesting morphology.