What are the advantages of 3D dental imaging VS traditional x-rays?

3D dental imaging (also known as Cone Beam Computed Tomography, or CBCT) allows your dentist or oral surgeon to see more anatomy, and with more clarity than traditional film-based dental x-rays. The focused x-ray beam reduces scatter radiation, resulting in better image quality and a lower dose of radiation. With an enhanced visualization of your teeth, bones, and surrounding hard and soft tissue, your doctor will understand more about your diagnosis and treatment plan.

How is 3D imaging performed?

A typical 3D panoramic scan of your entire head, neck, and jaw takes approximately 14 seconds to complete. You will be asked to stand (or in some instances, sit) and the dental professional will position you so that the area of interest is properly centered. You will be asked to remain very still while the cone beam scanner revolves around your head. Most 3D dental imaging units have grasp handles to help you stay still comfortably, and a small stabilizing mouthpiece or chin rest bite block to stabilize or reduce your movement and it’s non-invasive.

How should I prepare for my 3D imaging scan?

A 3D scan does not require special preparation. Wear loose, comfortable clothing, and leave jewelry, such as earrings and necklaces at home, as metal objects may interfere with the imaging. Other objects that may contain metal, such as eyeglasses, hairpins, and hearing aids should also be removed prior to the scan.

What will I experience during and after the scan?

3D cone beam imaging is non-invasive and completely painless. You will be able to return to your normal activities once the scan is complete.

How are the results interpreted?

Dr. Melanson will analyze the images using accompanying computer software. State of the art computer modeling allows the doctor to compare historical images from your record side-by-side with your new 3D scans, providing you with a “before and after” view of your procedure, so you can visualize the results.

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3D dental imaging (also known as Cone Beam Computed Tomography, or CBCT) allows your dentist or oral surgeon to see more anatomy, and with more clarity than traditional film-based dental x-rays. The focused x-ray beam reduces scatter radiation, resulting in better image quality and a lower dose of radiation. With an enhanced visualization of your teeth, bones, and surrounding hard and soft tissue, your doctor will understand more about your diagnosis and treatment plan.

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