A typical dental x-ray will just focus on the teeth, and for each image you’ll need one exposure. Therefore, to get the same picture as a 3D image, you’d need many exposures. 3D imaging shows considerably more than a simple 2D x-ray, as this newer technology will provide more accurate and complete visual information from every angle. Additionally, the data can be easily shared and duplicated without the worry of film getting lost.
The field of dentistry has seen some pretty incredible technological developments in recent years. All of these developments have greatly improved our ability to diagnose issues, your dental treatments, and the quality of care you receive. At Edge Dental, we are proud to use the latest dental technologies in our office to provide you with the effective dental care you deserve.
3D digital X-rays provide us with a unique look at all of the structures inside your mouth, including the soft tissues, bones, teeth, and nerves. A cone-shaped X-ray beam rotates around your head, capturing a series of images that are pieced together to create a single 3-dimensional image on a computer monitor. We are then able to use this image for a variety of different purposes, including diagnosing impacted wisdom teeth, determining optimal placement for dental implants, determining the need for a bone graft or sinus lift, and assessing the internal anatomy of a tooth for a root canal. 3D digital X-rays use technology similar to digital X-rays while producing images that are similar to those produced by a traditional CT scan. It takes less than 60 seconds to capture an image and you are exposed to much less radiation.