How a 3D Scan is Used in Dentistry
When you arrive at the dentist’s office, you’re likely expecting them to have the highest quality machinery and solutions for diagnosing your needs. There are a few structures in the mouth that a visual examination cannot see. Some areas, such as the root of the teeth or jawbone, are best viewed using a dental 3D scanner.
3D Cone Beam Imaging
Dentists and oral surgeons use an innovative technology that helps them see the teeth, soft tissues, and nerve pathways much easier than they could with digital x-rays. Cone beam imaging produces three-dimensional images that come together to give the dentist an all-angle view of the targeted area. There is far more accuracy using cone beam technology than ever before in the dental industry.
What a 3D Scan Can View
Sometimes, using digital x-rays just doesn’t cut it. Here at Rockwall Oral Surgery, we use 3D cone beam technology to generate the images. This 3D imaging can view the following:
- Orthodontic Issues
- Sinus Cavities
- TMJ Disorders
- Wisdom or Impacted Teeth
- Jaw Tumors
- Areas of Reconstructive Jaw Surgery
High-quality, three-dimensional images are viewed at various angles using 3D cone beam imaging. Since the dentist or oral surgeon can see everything, it results in a more accurate diagnosis of an individual’s specific oral health issue. Quick and painless, this 3D scan can see bone, soft tissue, and even nerves all within the same image!
Are There Imaging Preparations?
Depending on the dental situation, some patients may not know that they are coming in for a scan. If patients aren’t prepared, no worries. There are little to no preparations needed before getting the 3D scan done. Mostly, we ask that our patients avoid wearing any metal jewelry, glasses, or other accessories. This scan, although in-depth, is not invasive and will not cause pain in any way for the patient.
*Please let your dentist or oral surgeon know if you are pregnant before your appointment.*
Contact Dr. Pollock Today
As a patient of Dr. Pollock at Rockwall Oral Surgery, our mission is to diagnose and treat the many different oral health issues that individuals face. Using our high-tech 3D cone beam technology, our team will provide our patients with accurate solutions for each dental case, thanks to our entire view of the mouth and its structures. To contact Dr. Pollock at Rockwall Oral Surgery or learn more information about our imaging technology, please reach our team at (469) 264-8921 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org.