Article: Volume 47 Number 10 Page 802 - November 2020

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Dental Photography:  Dental photography: a practical guide

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Abstract: The use of photography in dentistry is well established. Progressive technological improvements and dedicated training and practice in the use of specialized dental photography equipment enables novice clinical photographers to quickly become as proficient as experienced experts. The range of applications for dental photography continues to grow and may enhance the assessment, diagnosis and management of the majority of patients. Digital single lens reflex (DSLR) cameras, coupled with macro lenses and specialized flashes, may predictably be expected to deliver the highest quality clinical images. As mastery of dental photography requires optimization of equipment, settings and photographic techniques, this article is designed to provide detailed practical guidance for clinicians wishing to incorporate dental photography as a routine component of clinical practice and to provide guidance on optimizing the use of photography to enhance remote patient consultations.

Clinical relevance: Dental photography has an important role in optimizing face-to-face and virtual patient care in contemporary general dental practice.

Author notes: Louis Mackenzie, BDS, FDS RCPS(Glasg), General Dental Practitioner (GDP), Birmingham; Clinical Lecturer, University of Birmingham School of Dentistry and Head Dental Officer, Denplan, Winchester and Mike Sharland, Lecturer and trainer in Dental Photography, University of Birmingham

Objective: Dental photography has an important role in optimizing face-to-face and virtual patient care in contemporary general dental practice.

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