3D Cone Beam
While the term, 3D Cone Beam, sounds like it came from a Star Trek movie or book, it actually is something we use in dentistry and here, at our practice, Widner Elite Oral Surgery and Dental Implants. To find out more about the use of this beam, read the information below. You will soon see how this innovative 3D technology can improve your dental experience.
What Is a 3D Cone Beam in Dentistry?
3D cone beam refers to a type of imaging that represents an advanced x-ray scanning technology. This type of scan gives us the ability to see the teeth and soft tissues, including the neural pathways easily and conveniently. The scanning technology provides a 3D image of the mouth so we can see detailed views at any angle.
How Can 3D Cone Beam Scanning Help Me?
By using this technology, we can more precisely visualize all structures in the mouth, and diagnose underlying issues or conditions with ease. Therefore, by using this form of 3D imaging, we can see fractures, additional canals, or TMJ misalignments that may otherwise be hard to spot. In turn, we can develop a better and more helpful treatment plan.
When Is 3D Cone Imaging Normally Used?
3D cone imaging is usually used for orthodontic treatments, implant treatments, especially when bone grafts are needed, and for complex cases These cases may include the removal of jaw tumors, the diagnosis of TMJ, oral reconstruction, or the extraction of impacted teeth.
The technology also allows us to assess the bone structure for placing implants. If there is not enough bone, we use the technology to perform procedures for transplanting and grafting the bone or building up the alveolar ridge. In addition, the technology helps us in the accurate placement of implants.
What Should I Expect When I Schedule an Appointment for 3D Cone Beam Imaging?
When scheduling a 3D cone beam imaging appointment, make sure to wear loose-fitting and comfortable clothes. Don’t wear metal accessories, such as glasses, underwire garments, jewelry, hair pins, or barrettes. If you are pregnant, inform us before the procedure. You will not experience any discomfort from the scanning process and can perform daily activities after your appointment. We will review the results and discuss them with you after the scan.
How Does a 3D Cone Beam Scan Help You Solve Patient Complaints or Concerns?
Besides the placement of implants and diagnosing TMJ, we may further use a 3D cone beam scan for determining if a root canal is your best treatment option or for evaluating your sinus cavity. We may also use this type of scan to pinpoint the cause for an undiagnosed dental pain. By using the imaging equipment, we can solve many dental mysteries that, otherwise, would be hard to solve.
As you can see, a 3D cone beam scan can assist you in receiving better dental care. Why not call Widner Elite Oral Surgery and Dental Implants to learn more about this scanning technology? Call us at (737) 309-4351 with your questions or to schedule an appointment for a dental exam today. We have all the latest in dental technologies in place so we can give you better dental care at a more affordable price.