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3D Dental Imaging

Posted in Dental Implants

You’ve heard of digital dental x-rays, but have you heard of 3D digital x-rays? They’re an entirely new approach to providing comprehensive dental care and they’re taken using similar equipment to what you’re already used to during your routine dental visits.

3D x-rays provide dentists with with a unique way to analyze bone structures, roots, sinuses, and other anatomical landmarks that aren’t visible in a two-dimensional x-ray. This can make treatments like orthodontics or dental implants much more effective for the patient’s oral health.

As soon as your image is captured, it takes just a few minutes to process it digitally and place it on the monitor. Your dentist can rotate different angles of the image to show you things such as bone height, root resorption, impacted teeth, and bone anatomy.

Using 3D dental imaging means that patients with less bone can now be considered a candidate for treatments like dental implants. In the past, dental implants could only be performed on patients that had adequate bone levels that were visible on a traditional dental x-ray. Now, dentists can take advantage of different angulations to maximize the quantity of bone in other places of the jaw. Implant roots can be placed at an angle in these areas, allowing full support of the dental prosthesis.

There are a variety of uses for having a 3D x-ray machine in the dental office. The precise detail that they offer is changing the way that dentists care for their patients, and the types of treatment that patients can select from. If you’ve been told “no” before, then it may be time for a second opinion with a dentist that has 3D x-ray technology in their office.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Byron Scott, Springhill Dental Health Center



3D Dental Imaging

Posted in Dental Implants

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



3D Cadent Dental Scanners

How would you like it if you never had to take a gooey, messy dental impression ever again? With the Cadent 3D scanner, that’s what will happen! The virtual scanning device allows an electronic digital impression to be made of your teeth, eliminating the need for traditional dental impressions. Dentists and orthodontists use the 3D scanner to treatment plan, design restorative treatments, or have orthodontic appliances made.

Advanced technology makes the virtual impression so accurate, that necessary remakes of restorations such as crowns are essentially unheard of. Treatments like invisible braces, dental crowns and veneers that use 3D impressions fit much more accurate than those made from traditional impression material. That’s because there are no changes such as shrinkage or errors in model and impression material occur when a virtual scan is taken. Restorations designed using a virtual impression are guaranteed to have a perfect fit during the first try in.

In just a few minutes, virtual scans can be taken and imported to electronic treatment planning software, or transferred to dental laboratories. These advancements allow patients to see what their treatment will look like before it is ever completed. On-screen visualization allows your dentist to see what adjustments may be needed and take an accurate reading during your time of treatment. This improves the quality and fit of your final dental appliance.

Some offices even offer same-day in-office dental crowns, thanks to advanced technology that can make a crown in just a short amount of time based off of the digital scan. Patients can shorten their treatment visits from two to one, having a properly fitted crown placed on the day of their first appointment.

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