Metro Dental Health
11150 Fairfax Boulevard
Fairfax, VA 22030
Metro Dental Health
2112 F Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037
Benefits Of 3-Dimensional (3-D) X-rays
We have been hearing the term 3-D in many aspects of our lives, from 3-D printing toys to using a 3-dimensional program to design and build body parts to replace lost ones. Cone beam computed tomography, or 3-dimensional (3-D) x-rays, have infiltrated every specialty over the past few years, including dentistry.
3-D imaging provides a level of anatomical detail that enables practitioners to detect clinical conditions like infections, lesions, and hidden anatomy.
The information that 3-D imaging reveals sometimes results in practitioners changing their initial diagnosis because is often reveals something that a traditional 2-D x-ray wouldn't be able to show.
3-D imaging facilitates patient's understanding on treatment plans as they can easily visualize the area of interest. In addition, better education eases a patient's concern, resulting in a more positive patient experience.
In dentistry when we need to replace teeth, do a root canal, remove a tooth or simply evaluate the condition of the mouth, there is some information that can be collected and seen by clinical evaluations, but that is not enough. X-rays show us what is under the tissue and not visible to our eyes. From a cyst forming in a jaw, or an infection of a root, to bone loss due to periodontal disease, we need the x-rays, and the availability of 3-D provides us with the perfect opportunity to enhance our capabilities.
With more advanced treatments such as implants and adding to the existing bone in spaces such as the sinus cavity, the need for better visuals is a must. 3-D imaging gave us the ability to clearly visualize implant placements for increased accuracy in treatment planning options through virtual treatment plans in 3-D software. However, as much as these tools are helping in diagnosis, they do not replace clinical evaluations and expertise. This means it is helpful to have 3-D, but it is not possible to have a correct diagnosis without a clinical exam.
The negative effect of radiation has also been reduced by improved x-ray machines, with the use of protective coverage.
When patients go from the initial appointment to 3-D imaging and scanning to treatment planning, all in one appointment, the time, savings, and accuracy of the treatment is enormous. Take advantage of these advanced techniques; we can help you even more that before with these better tools.