When you visit Dr. Narodovich, he relies on images of your teeth and jaw to diagnose and treat any problems that may exist. Until the past decade, traditional two-dimensional x-rays were the only choice when obtaining these images.
One of the many major advancements made in the field of dentistry is cone beam technology, which enables dentists to obtain high-quality 3D images that differentiate tissue types and provide a more detailed replication of your dental structures and jaw-line.
More and more dentists are employing this technology in their practices, as it is becoming the standard for imaging in dental care.
Advantages of 3D Imaging in Dentistry
Not only is this 3D method of imaging more precise. , but it also allows us to differentiate between tissue type and to get a full view of your mouth and jaw structures, rather than just several pictures of small portions of your teeth and gums.
Being able to see oral and facial structure in three dimensions enables Dr. Narodovich to better address your unique needs and detect issues that could not be found in the past.
Some of the benefits 3D imaging has to offer:
Beam Limitation -The smaller, more focused size of the X-ray beam limits the radiation to the patient by concentrating on the area of concern. Compared to traditional CT scans, 3D imaging scans emit considerably less radiation, reducing the dosage up to 98.5%.
Less Time Needed- 3D scans acquire the necessary images in one rotation rather than by several scans that need to be matched together with traditional x-rays.
Accurate Imaging - 3D imaging provides excellent resolution, allowing for far more accurate imaging and measuring. Dr. Narodovich is able to clearly see pathologies such as infections, changes in muscles or nerves, and mild trauma that may have been missed in two-dimensional images.
Treatment Planning – Because of the accuracy and sensitivity of the cone beam, Dr. Narodovich can better diagnose and develop the appropriate procedure to treat your dental concerns.
Assesses Bone Density - 3D scans are often used to measure bone quality, which is a must when considering candidacy for dental implants.
Comfort - The cone beam CT scans your entire head without any need to bite down on a piece of plastic.
What is involved in Getting 3D images?
Typically, a trained hygienist will start with a scan of the bottom half of your face. As the imaging machine rotates, it uses a series of small beams to produces digital images of your teeth, gums, and jaw, as well as your entire skull. These pictures are then compiled by advanced imaging software to create a perfect 3D likeness of your dental structures.
3D imaging in dentistry is currently being used extensively in diagnostics and the creation of impressions to fabricate precise dental restorations.
This is extremely helpful to your dentist when contemplating complex treatments such as dental implants, customized sleep guards, and other corrective appliances.
If you seek state-of-the-art dentistry, Sacramento Dental Medicine offers 3D imaging and other advanced treatment methods.