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
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