A Short History of the Intraoral Camera, With Video Dental Concepts

A Short History of the Intraoral Camera, With Video Dental Concepts

In the world of modern dentistry, it’s the development of new technology that benchmarks how far we’ve come. And it dates back further than you might think.

Early dental technicians were taking intraoral photos as far back 1839. New York dental instruments took the recently-released photography process of Louis J. M. Daguerre and based their first camera based on it. These early dental images were made on silver-coated copper plates, and called “daguerreotypes”, after Daguerre.

And everything since has been on the up-and-up. Join us today, as we bring you Video Dental’s brief history of the intraoral camera.

A Look Back In Time

Before intraoral dental cameras, developing graphic representations of the inside of a mouth came down to sketches and replicas. This is obviously a pretty subjective way to represent a medical problem, irregularity or just the layout of your mouth.
Photography ushered in a new age of accuracy in the world of dental imaging, allowing dentists to reproduce the inside of your mouth almost exactly the way it looks. This was a period in time that also saw the emergence and growth of the American Journal of Dental Science, the first dental journal in the world.

Moving forward from there, dentists put extraoral dental cameras to use in accurately picturing oral cavities. But there was room for improvement. In 1987, the first official intraoral camera was patented, and the dental community sat up and took notice. A device able to actually take images from inside the mouth came in the form of the first Analog IOC System, from Fuji Optical Systems of Los Gatos, California. That same year saw the device go from registered trademark to full release through Patterson Dental Supplies.

Where Video Dental Concepts Fits In

Two years later, in 1989, Video Dental Concepts developed an intraoral dental camera that essentially changed the entire game. Making use of an endoscopic handpiece and components from France’s ETS Groux Optical Corp and the local Panasonic Industrial Camera Division, the design was groundbreaking. This IOC was the first component based device to feature a dental endoscope, light source, and remote head micro camera. It’s a model took the lead in its industry and became the actual standard for many years to come.

In the decades since, we’ve seen endoscopy tech like this used in various areas of medicine. Small intraoral dental cameras have become steadily more advanced as technology has progressed, getting better year after year. Dental products surveys show more than 65% of dentists make use of intraoral dental cameras, and a further 69% of dental clinics have these cameras linked with their in-house computers.

It’s the expert combination of extra and intraoral cameras that gives dental experts the tools they need to excel, and patients the data they need to feel educated. For more on our amazing product line, visit Video Dental Concepts today, for high-quality products with their own illustrious place in dental imaging history.