The use of clinical photography by UK dental practitioners
Posted on 15th May 2017 at 15:00
A study made in 2010 by Morse, Haque, Sharland and Burke, published in the British Dental Journal, wanted to assess who used clinical photography and for what purpose?. The results were very interesting, after five hundred and sixty two replies, of the respondents, 48% used clinical photography, with 59% using a digital camera, 34% a 35 mm camera and 19% a video camera. Principal uses of clinical photography were treatment planning (84%), patient instruction/motivation (75%), medico-legal reasons (71%) and communication with the laboratory (64%). The author of this study reports a rising trend of the use of clinical photography by dental practicioners since 2002. It has turned so important that there have been published articles and courses with protocols and tips to achieve the best picture, in order to ensure to the viewers that the information required was very well registered. If the picture is wrongly taken, the information in it, is therefore quite misleading. In order to avoid distortion, a training must be completed by the dental practioner.