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An introductory course for beginners

Clinical photography is not just about beautiful white teeth or cosmetic artistry. With today’s digital technology every dentist can chronicle what they see in the mouth, whether for general records or whenever the situation warrants photographic documentation. The closest thing to the reality of the mouth is a photograph. X-rays do not show failing restorations, crack lines and wear patterns; notes cannot always clearly indicate the sequence of events in a clinical session; study models poorly represent the restored nature of teeth and the health of soft tissues.

The routine use of digital photography can significantly enhance record-taking, validate clinical decisions and provide an impressive tool for patient education and practice marketing. Attendees will see reviews of all types of cameras and the armamentarium required to take extra and intra-oral pictures. People easily comprehend visual data and this course will show instant quality images can dramatically improve patient understanding and acceptance of treatment recommendations. This course will be an invaluable experience for general dentists and specialists and will be useful for general photography as well.

Topics include

  • Photographs as part of records and communication in everyday dental practice
  • Images for patient education… ‘I want you to see what I see’
  • The essence of exposure, aperture and ISO in digital photography and overcoming the difficulties of hand-held macro photography
  • All the information on cameras and recommended systems as well as retractors, mirrors etc
  • The proper technique for taking intra-oral and extra-oral images 
  • Better patient acceptance of treatment using photography and descriptive statements

Learning Objectives

  • Using modern digital camera technology without excess cost
  • Learn how to take consistently take outstanding intra- and extra-oral images
  • Save, store, archive and display images – simplifying work flow and data asset management 
Listen to Dr Peter Sheridan in the lead up to the course

 

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Attendees to this course receive a copy of Dr Peter Sheridan's book "Clinical Photography in Dentistry"

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The Basics of Clinical Photography

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