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Dental photography

mardi 27 novembre 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Paola Pino
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Clinical photography

Tips to take dental photos enhancing the quality of your work

Dental photos will always be useful at a dentist cabinet. Today, there are four main reasons to have your cases photographed:

  • Documentation: pre and post treatment photography
  • Referrals: whether you receive a new patient with a dental history or should you need to refer your patient, and work, to another doctor; the photos will expose your case
  • Education & Research
  •  Communication: there are many occasions when a dentist will need dental photos
    • To show dental technicians different shapes, shades and color
    • For insurance companies and legal procedures

With the special collaboration of Prof. Göran Urde, from the University of Malmö, you will find below a compiled list of tips that will certainly help you take quality photos, enhancing your work and seeing your dental photos with new eyes.


5 Dental photos basic tips

  1. Get the maximum  amount of light available in the room, including the operating lamp for intra oral photos
  2. Avoid brightness and shades by adjusting the lights and angles
  3. Highlight the center of the image, putting the source of light in the middle of your target thanks to the flash pointer
  4. Always use flash
  5. When available, use point source flash to enhance the image and avoir flat photos


Extra oral photos

General tips

  • Patient in front of neutral background
  • Camera in vertical position
  • Place yourself one meter away from the patient


Frontal view

  •  Straight angle, positioning your flash at “12 o’clock" and avoiding daylight if too strong as this will create more shadows



Lateral view

  • Flash pointing to the nose
  • Turn head 45° from your reference point (a wall for example)
  •  Shot along occlusal plane



Intra oral photos

General tips

  • Place patient in dental chair
  •  Adapt your angle: move the camera and/or patient according to your needs
  • Use operating light from far away and with minimum brightness to have optimum results
  • Maximize the light in the room.
  • Use Flash
  • Ask for help, the hygienist can help you to fix instruments at get the perfect set, avoiding blood
  • Avoid showing fingers in the photos, help yourself as much as possible with the lip retractors


Frontal view

  •  Use large lip retractor as it will wider image, contrary to the small lip retractor which will narrow it.



 Lateral view

  • Use a small lip retractor closest to camera



Occlusal view

  • Use a mirror and place the patient to get the perfect shot. Ask the patient to assist you by holding the mirror to avoid movement
  • Use 2 lip retractors, here again the hygienist can assist
  • When shooting the lower Jaw, the patient have to put his/her tongue in the palate to give more space
  • Flash position at “3 or 9 o’clock”



Teeth photography

There is only one main tip when photographing teeth, use a black background. This will give you a cleaner shot and call attention only to the teeth.

Dental photography by Nyoba Meneh - Cacosdafap 





  • Photos and content was provided by Dr Göran Urde, in collaboration with Sigvard Åkerman, Hans Herrlander, Nina Lundegren and Jan Mieziewski. University of Malmö (November, 2018).
  • EAO photo bank
  • Dental photography by Nyoba Meneh - Cacosdafap 

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