What is 3D Imaging?3D imaging is a modern technology that involves the use of digital technology to capture a 3D picture of the structures in your mouth. The technology is very similar to that used for capturing digital x-rays. The images produced, though, are closer to those captured by a CT scan. 3D imaging uses a cone-shaped x-ray beam that rotates a complete 360 degrees around your head. It captures several images as it moves.
Once the scan is complete, the images are pieced together to generate a single 3D image that is displayed almost immediately on a computer monitor. With this image, we can see your teeth, jawbone, joints, muscles, sinus cavities, nasal cavities, and nerve passageways. It allows us to provide you with an accurate diagnosis of a variety of different oral health issues and enables us to provide you with a highly effective treatment plan.
Uses for 3D Imaging3D imaging can be used for many different purposes. These include:
How is 3D Imaging Done?The process for 3D imaging is both incredibly simple and very fast. Before your scan, you will be instructed to remove all jewelry, including earrings, necklaces, and facial piercings. You will also be instructed to remove any hair accessories that have metal as well as glasses and hearing aids if you wear them.
Once you are ready, you sit at the machine and place your chin on the rest. We then make adjustments to ensure that we capture the best image possible. When you are ready, we start your scan. The entire process takes less than 60 seconds to complete. Shortly after your scan is complete, the image is displayed.
Benefits of 3D ImagingThere are many benefits associated with 3D imaging:
3D imaging allows us to see the hidden parts of your mouth in incredible detail, enabling us to provide you with the best possible oral health care. Call Platte Valley Dental Care at (816) 858-2027 today to learn more.