Patients that have been making routine visits to their dentist are all too familiar with the traditional X-ray imaging that is employed at almost all dental offices. However, there is a breakthrough technology that offers better imaging and improved patient outcomes.
3-D imaging for your teeth uses a technology called CBCT or Cone Beam Computed Tomography. This technology can use targeted beam limitation which can reduce the exposure to radiation employed by typical X-ray imaging. It has improved accuracy and image quality over traditional images and better bone quality assessment. All these factors lead to a complete picture for your dentist to base your treatment upon.
Main Advantages of 3-D Imaging
Utilizing this new technology results in several overall benefits for the patient and their care provider.
Ability to create hundreds of images from a single scan
Control over the quality of the image
Technology passes easily through the lips and gums.
The overall reduction in radiation exposure
Ability to zoom in on small areas on a single tooth or group of teeth.
Using 3-D imaging has been an overall improvement in several areas for dentistry, but some areas utilize the technology more than others.
Cosmetic/Restorative Work – This type of work includes crowns, veneers, inlays and onlays, bone grafts, root canals, and implants. 3-D technology can help this process by helping to prepare the patient and care provider for more advanced treatments. The dentist has a better ability to plan for procedures with advanced knowledge of any difficulties that they may encounter.
Orthodontic – 3-D imaging creates an overall image that helps to address concerns in advance of treatment and can monitor overall progress.
Implants – This imaging is so accurate that it can help reduce the number of fittings to a single appointment. It helps to determine the correct location for the placement of dental implants.
The benefits of 3-D imaging are quickly becoming apparent to dental offices everywhere. Many dentists can see the advantages of purchasing the machinery and are making sure that their patients have the highest level of care. If you are looking for the best imaging and care, ask your dentist today if they have the capabilities for 3-D imaging. If they don’t, ask them if they expect to be gaining that ability in the future and discuss the benefits for your care.
3-D imaging allows you and your dentist to see your dental health in a way that you never thought possible. This approach enables your dentist to view your teeth and skull and to be able to identify any
problems earlier than previously possible. This allows for more improved and adequate care and
The CBCT machines also offer a non-invasive approach to imaging. There is no need for bitewings or plastic mold to be inserted into the mouth. This means that patients that previously would not tolerate X-ray imaging may be ideal candidates for 3-D imaging. Allowing for patients that previously wouldn’t get imaging or get poor quality imaging is a huge gain for dentists in being able to care for a wide variety of people.
Additionally, a CBCT scan takes only about 10 seconds to complete. This reduces the overall imaging time and increases the information received, a win-win for everybody.
Whether you are a dental patient or a medical professional, the advantages of 3-D imaging are clear. When patients and their dentists have higher quality imaging, they can receive a more accurate picture of the procedures that they will require. Dentists can better predict the time and effort that it will take to complete many procedures in advance allowing them to schedule more effectively. 3-D imaging is truly the future of dentistry, but it’s happening right now!