Question

Do you recommend capturing photographic images during a procedure? Is there a benefit in doing so?

The purpose of photographic images is to provide additional documentation to support medical necessity. The clinical record must clearly support the need for all procedures performed. For example, an extraction is performed, requiring sectioning of the tooth and/or removal of bone. The radiographic images do not support the need for a surgical extraction. Take a photographic image of the tooth after it has been sectioned or after the bone has been removed. Often, radiographic images do not show what the doctor can see clinically. The use of an intraoral camera (in each operatory) is a great tool to further document the need for the procedure.

In addition, capturing photographic images of a new patient’s dentition is strongly recommended to record
the status as of the entry into the practice.