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16 Mar 2018

By Richard Field

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Introduction to clinical digital photography

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Richard Field explores the world of digital photography for GDPs, providing an introduction to equipment, terminology, and camera types for taking superior clinical shots.

Dental photography is not a new revelation. It has been the cornerstone of aesthetic and restorative treatment planning for many years. Traditional 35mm photography in general, not just in dental environments, was always regarded as somewhat of a specialist art in itself (Ahmad, 2009).

The monetary cost of a single exposure, once you added up the cost of the film and the processing, was such that it would put most clinicians off photographing every case.

Waiting several weeks for negatives to be returned from processing, only to find that the picture was inadequate, was a further disincentive.

Digital photographic technology has made dental photography much more accessible and practical for everyday use.

Instead of costly negatives and film processing, which takes weeks before seeing the results, we have reusable memory cards and LCD screens on the backs of the camera, enabling us to see our photographs instantly, allowing us to quickly rectify any mistakes.

Although digital dental photography can still be daunting, with the appropriate basic kit, basic standardised settings, a little basic camera knowledge and some practice, everyone is able to take beautiful and consistent dental photographs.

Download the full article to find out what kit you need. 

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