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3-D X-Rays: Technology for Better Dental Health

Dental diagnostic technology has made huge strides in the past decade. Gone are the days of only relying on two-dimensional, dental x-rays. Today’s diagnostic tools provide a clearer, more accurate depiction of your oral anatomy than ever before. As a patient, you benefit from these technological advancements in the form of better preventative care, and earlier diagnosis and treatment.

One of the most pivotal developments in dental diagnostic technology has been the advancement of 3D dental imaging. At Excel Dental, we utilize the latest in x-ray technology with the Planmeca ProMax® 3D imaging machine. This highly-advanced diagnostic tool is designed to show your dentist an extremely precise image of your mouth in its entirety.

Read on to learn more about the Planmeca ProMax® 3D and how it can benefit you at your next dental visit.

 

What is a 3D X-Ray?

The Planmeca ProMax® 3D uses dental cone beam computed tomography (CT), also known as Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT), to take brilliant panoramic 3D photos and model scans of your teeth, roots, gums, jaw, soft tissues — even your skull and nerve pathways — in a single scan.

This groundbreaking 3 dimensional dental x-ray technology offers a better clinical experience for patients than traditional x-ray methods, and also allows your Ozark, MO dentists to diagnose and treat a variety of dental issues that may have otherwise gone unnoticed.

What to Expect

Getting scanned using the Planmeca ProMax® 3D is fast and painless. Typically, a 3D panoramic scan of your jaw will take approximately 14 seconds from start to finish.

First, your Springfield, MO dentist or dental technician will position you properly for the scan. You’ll be asked to stand still, grasping the machine’s handles for support. Your dentist or dental technician will then have you bite down on a small mouthpiece to reduce your movement. Once everything is in place, the 3D scanner will circle around your head to capture the x-ray images.

While the x-ray machine is rotating around you, it’s actually capturing several hundred individual images in the span of just a few seconds. The machine’s software then compiles the images and produces a 3D, virtual model of your craniofacial structure, allowing your dentist to assess your oral health from every dimension. Check out this short video to better understand how the process works.

Uses

3D imaging allows your dentist to more accurately diagnose and to better prepare you for a variety of dental procedures. Common diagnostic uses of this type of technology include:

  • Abscesses or cysts
  • Bone loss
  • Cancerous and noncancerous tumors
  • Tooth decay
  • Developmental abnormalities
  • Implant planning
  • Poor tooth and root positions
  • Problems inside a tooth or below the gum line

Benefits

There are several ways in which 3D dental x-ray technology can benefit you during your next dental exam:

  • Increased diagnostic accuracy. The high quality of 3D imagery means your dentist can pinpoint problems at their onset. This allows for early intervention that can result in less invasive, less costly dental work.
  • Increased confidence. 3D dental x-rays give a complete, clear picture of your oral environment. The accuracy of this imaging technique leaves no question marks as to what is happening in your mouth and craniofacial areas. This in turn should give you a high degree of confidence that your dentist is equipped to treat the root of your problem with zero guesswork.
  • Better reliability. 3D dental imaging also provides the power of repeatability, delivering fast and accurate imaging that’s consistent — and therefore, reliable.
  • Less radiation exposure. 3D technology emits an extremely low dose of radiation — much lower than traditional x-ray methods.

With all of these benefits to your oral health, what are you waiting for? Talk to the professionals at Excel Dental about a 3D x-ray at your next appointment.

 

Picture Your Next Exam in 3D!

Take advantage of the latest advancements in diagnostic technology by making an appointment today with your trusted team at Excel Dental, Dr. Tracy Davis or Dr. Nick Matthews. Find us in Ozark, Missouri — just a short 10 minute drive from Springfield.

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