When it comes to caring for the teeth dentists do more than just clean them. X-rays allow dentists to see images of the teeth and jaw that are not visible to the naked eye. For many years dentists have had to take multiple pictures of a person’s teeth and put them together to generate a cross-sectional image of the teeth. Thanks to 3D imaging techniques, dentists are now able to get a detailed view of the mouth and skull in one quick imaging scan. 3D imaging allows for the bone structure, bone density, tissues, and nerves to be viewed clearly. All of this information allows dentists to understand more of the anatomy of each individual patient and help catch many issues before they become big problems.
These days, many people are worried about their exposure to radiation when they have to get X-rays. With 3D dental imaging, X-rays can be completed in less than 30 seconds. This means far less radiation enters the body than if regular bitewing X-rays were taken.
Dentists can also use 3D digital imaging to help prepare for dental surgeries such as wisdom teeth, as well as allow dentists to place dental implants much faster than before. With 3D digital imaging dentists are also able to magnify specific areas of the mouth, jaw, and face. With this technology, dentists can easily view a person’s oral anatomy which makes planning any necessary treatment easier and faster.
At your next dental visit, ask your dentist about 3D imaging vs bitewing X-rays in order to view your mouth on a more detailed scale.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Byron Scott, Springhill Dental Health Center
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