3D Digital X-rays
Thanks to technological advancements, modern dentistry is safer and more efficient than ever before. We use advanced diagnostic tools to help us develop the best possible treatment and suits your specific needs. At The Center for Implant and General Dentistry, we utilize 3D imagining to gather a better understanding of your current oral health. 3D Digital X-rays can produce images of your teeth, soft tissue, and nerve pathways in a single scan.
How do 3D Digital X-rays Work?
We typically use 3D digital x-rays when a traditional x-ray is insufficient. Our machine, known as the CS 9300, utilizes cone beam technology to produce three-dimensional images. With cone beam technology, an x-ray beam in the shape of a cone is mounted on a rotating arm. The arm completes a full rotation around your head to produce a large number of images. When they are digitally combined, these images produce a high-quality, 3D picture of your mouth, jaw, sinuses, and nasal cavity.
After the scan is complete, Dr. Clay Keith or Dr. Paul Denson will be able to view the image from any angle necessary. This can provide us with valuable information that may have otherwise gone unnoticed. We can magnify the image to get a more detailed look at your anatomy or adjust the contrast to reveal any problematic areas. The 3D image also allows us to view parts of your facial structure that would have previously required invasive surgeries.
A 3D digital x-ray requires no special preparation. When it is time for your scan, you will sit in a chair, and the scanner will do the rest. You may be asked to remove metal objects that will interfere with the images. Jewelry, glasses, hearing aids, or removable dental restorations should be removed.
Common Uses of 3D Digital X-rays
3D digital x-rays can be used for a variety of reasons, some of which include:
• locating the origin of pain
• reconstructive surgery
• accurately placing dental implants
• evaluating sinus, nasal cavity, or jaw issues
• planning surgery for impacted teeth
• diagnosing ailments such as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) or jaw tumors
• determining tooth orientation and bone structure
Benefits of 3D Digital X-rays
There are some reasons to consider 3D imaging. 3D digital x-rays use a focused x-ray beam that helps reduce scattered radiation and improve image quality. In fact, less radiation is used during 3D scans that other conventional forms of CT imaging, such as spiral CT scanners. The scanning process is also painless and noninvasive. One of the biggest benefits of 3D scans is the ability to view bone and soft tissue at the same time. A single scan can produce an incredible amount of views and angles. We can maneuver these views to provide a complete evaluation of potential problems. They are also easier to share with other dentists or specialists. With the simple click of a button, we can send your x-rays and avoid shipping or mailing a physical copy.
Call Today and Schedule an Appointment
At The Center for Implant and General Dentistry, we pride ourselves on using state-of-the-art technology to improve patient care and satisfaction. If you would like to schedule an appointment, call today at (903) 231-6605.