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Dental photography equipment, Characteristics and prices for 2018

Vihra Bobcheva, Radostina Vasileva


For the first time, photography was applied in medicine at the beginning of the 19th century Dental photography is a tool that aids in the improvement of the quality of work of dentists and dental technicians. Digital photography has many positive aspects. Photographs are a form of precise documentation. Pictures and videos before the treatment provide material for analysis, prognosis and projection of better aesthetics when manufacturing the prosthesis. Communication with the dental technician’s laboratory is improved. It helps in illustrating the clinical cases in scientific reports and for advertisement and participation in contests. Discussing the treatment with the patient, when illustrated with photographs and videos, improves the trust and knowledge of the patient. The aim of our research is to provide optimal photographic equipment at an affordable price. After researching literary sources and the expert opinion of a professional photographer, we suggest configurations of basic and additional photographic aperture, which satisfy the minimal requirements for achieving quality results. Through a comparative characteristic of different brands of photographic equipment and their relative prices, as of the months June and July 2018, we came to the conclusion that it is not necessary to equip a costly professional photographic studio in order to get good results. It is recommended that digital photography be used more and more as a method of improving the effectiveness of the work and of the communication between the patient and the dental specialist. After acquiring the proper equipment, we recommend to improve one’s knowledge of camera settings, composition, framerate, and protocols for taking dental photographs through additional photography lessons.


equipment for dental photography, comparative analysis, prices of photographic equipment

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