What’s so great about 3-D Imaging?

06/05/2018

What’s so great about 3-D Imaging?

3-D Imaging
What is 3-D imaging:
We use a machine called a CBCT (cone beam computed tomography). It involves a digital, 3-D image of your mouth. Traditional X-rays only develop a 2-D picture and produce longer bouts of radiation subjecting the patient to 10 times more radiation exposure. Previously the only way to get a 3-D image was to schedule a conventional CT scan, which is also significantly more radiation. So this method is much better!

What is 3-D imaging used for?
Most often, they are used for diagnosis and treatment planning. Being able to see everything in three dimensions gives dentists a better way to see problem areas and formulate a plan to treat dental issues.

What are the advantages of 3-D imaging:
Beam Limitation:  The size of the beam in 3-D scanner limits the radiation to the area.
Short Scan Time: The scan time is complete in a single rotation around the mouth.
Image Accuracy: CBCT imaging has a high resolution for accurate measuring so images can be used to pinpoint exact areas of problems. They can also see infections, nerves, bone quality so dentists can see and properly treat with higher resolution, sharper images.
User-friendly: It’s easy to learn and designed for use by a trained dentist or dental assistant.