Advanced 3D Dental Imaging Technology

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As part of our commitment to patient comfort and personalized care, Alondra Dental Care utilizes the most advanced and well-researched dental imaging technology. Our ConeBeam 3D dental imaging scanner is one of our latest additions to deliver faster, less invasive 3D dental images for our patients’ comprehensive assessment and treatment.

The ConeBeam CT scanner, or CBCT scanner, uses a cone-shaped radiation beam to target specific craniofacial areas closely. With CBCT, our dentist gains highly detailed 3D dental x-rays showing bone, nerve pathways, and soft tissue. This non-invasive, low-radiation tool provides a better view of a patient’s mouth, jaw, nasal passages, and throat to help our dentists better visualize potential problem areas and improve treatment assessment.

HOW THE CONEBEAM 3D DENTAL IMAGING SCANNER WORKS

Capturing as many as 200 3D dental images in seconds, the CBCT scanner quickly merges images to create a full-spectrum 3D view of the face, throat, and jaw. The advanced cone-beam technology is a vast improvement from the x-rays of the past, which can be blurry and challenging to interpret. Our dentists can manipulate final images to get views of oral structures previously impossible to view without intraoral scanning.

Use of the CBCT scanner for 3D dental imaging provides:

  • Safer radiation levels, using 1/10th the amount of radiation used in traditional imaging
  • Better targeted images due to the radiation beam’s unique cone shape
  • More accurate diagnoses, as 3D dental images can be rotated in many directions and enhanced for additional clarity
  • Improved patient comfort due to a quick, painless, non-invasive process
  • Increased thoroughness, as each 3D dental x-ray includes imaging of soft tissue, providing a better overall picture of oral health

CONEBEAM 3D DENTAL X-RAY USES

There are many practical uses for the CBCT 3D dental imaging technology. This type of image scanning is a critical first step in planning advanced dental treatment, including cosmetic, preventative, and restorative treatments. 3D scans are used to identify diseases of the jaw, nasal cavity, and sinuses more effectively, among other potential issues. It also assesses more complex orthodontic cases and is used to plan for crowns, veneers, root canals, and bone grafts.

These 3D dental x-rays are additionally used for post-surgery to assess treatment progress. This is especially useful to monitor implant integration and reduce the risk of misaligned implants. Our dentists use CBCT scanning to identify unknown and persistent causes of pain or discomfort as well.

Other common uses include:

  • Surgical planning for impacted teeth
  • Customizing clear dental aligners
  • Diagnosing temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)
  • Detecting, measuring, and treating oral tumors
  • Determining the bone structure and tooth orientation preceding treatments

WHAT TO EXPECT DURING YOUR CONEBEAM 3D DENTAL IMAGING SCAN

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If you or your loved one requires 3D dental image scanning with the CBCT scanner, expect a painless and quick experience. Patients should remove any metals from the face before the procedure, including jewelry and glasses. You may also be asked to remove any dentures, aligners, or other dental appliances. Patients with existing crowns or fillings can receive CBCT scans without issue.

Once it’s time for your 3D dental scan, you will sit in a dental chair and wear a protective gown or covering over your chest. Your dentist will ask you to bite down on a small plastic piece to stabilize your head while two x-ray arms rotate to capture images. It’s important to stay still during this process, as movement can create blurry imaging. The scan takes approximately 20-40 seconds, is whisper quiet, and is entirely pain free.

NOTE: Patients who are pregnant or might be pregnant should make their dentists aware before submitting to CBCT scans or any other x-ray scan technology.

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This latest in 3D dental imaging scan technology is just one piece of what makes us who we are at Alondra Dental Care. Our goal is to provide each of our patients with a comfortable, personalized experience. Technology like the CBCT 3D dental image scanner makes it easier for our experts to assess overall oral health and provide a more comprehensive treatment picture to communicate with our patients.

We want you and your family to have happy, healthy smiles for years to come. Get in touch with us to schedule an appointment and get started on the road to better dental health today.

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