How it Works
Main Advantages of 3-D Imaging
- 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.
How Technology is Used
- Cosmetic/Restorative Work – This type of work includes crowns, veneers, inlays and onlays, bone grafts, root canals, and implants. 3-D technology can improve this process by helping to prepare the patient and care provider for more advanced treatments. The dentist is then more capable of planning for these procedures with a better idea of any difficulties that they may encounter.
- Orthodontic – 3-D imaging creates an overall image that helps to address any concerns ahead of treatment and can monitor overall progress.
- Implants – This imaging is so accurate that it can help determine the correct location for the placement of dental implants as well as reduce the number of fittings to a single appointment.
The Future of 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 better view your teeth and skull as well as identify any problems earlier than previously possible. This allows for more improved and adequate care and treatment.
The CBCT machines also offer a non-invasive approach to imaging as there is no longer a need for bitewings or a plastic mold to be inserted into the mouth. This means that patients who previously would not tolerate X-ray imaging may be ideal candidates for 3-D imaging. Allowing for patients who previously wouldn’t get imaging done or would get poor quality imaging is a huge gain for dentists in being able to care for a wider 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.