Virtual 3D imaging in dentistry and dental specialty offices is becoming one of the most advanced ways that dentists are able to provide exceptional care and treatment planning to their patients. Once there was only 2-dimensional x-rays, impressions and visual examinations. Now virtual impressions, 3D CT scan imaging and virtual technology are taking over.
Optical scanning software allows dentists to use 3D computer programs to take a virtual impression of your teeth. This omits the need for messy impression material, the risk of triggering your gag reflex, and does away with any errors in the lab. Virtual impressions are so highly detailed that they essential omit 99% of discrepancies. These images can be sent directly to in-house dental labs or offside laboratories to make customized crowns, dental appliances, dentures or invisible orthodontics.
Specialists like orthodontists and oral surgeons are also beginning to implement 3D CT scanning technology, which allows a more comprehensive evaluation of the oral structures that affect tooth positioning and other oral anatomy. Rather than taking a 2 dimensional view, the CT scanning makes treatment planning and expectations more accurate.
Treatment planing software programs are beginning to make 3D imaging the norm. Patients can see what procedures will be performed, where they will be, and what the end result will look like. This type of treatment planning is especially popular in orthodontic offices, because it allows orthodontists and their patients to walk through the entire therapy from start to finish before it is ever begun.
Perhaps one day 3D imaging will lead to the replacement of digital x-rays, but for the meantime those will continue to be a part of your routine preventive dental check-ups for quite a while.
Posted on behalf of Springhill Dental Health Center
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