What Is 3D Imaging In Dentistry?

What Is 3D Imaging In Dentistry?

Posted by Darren Gonzalez DDS Apr 17,2023

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3D imaging in dentistry is a state-of-the-art technology that dramatically increases our ability to provide quality care to our patients. 3D imaging allows our dentist to see patients in a whole new way.

What Is 3D Imaging?

Dental cone beam computed tomography, or CBCT, is a type of 3D image that gives us a detailed view of your entire oral anatomy. Just one scan provides us with a 3D map of your mouth and jaw that allows us to plan your treatment with precision, diagnose conditions with accuracy, and even perform surgery with supreme confidence. Using advanced software, we combine your 3D scans to form a detailed, comprehensive picture of your oral health and anatomy.

Your dentist will use this information to diagnose and treat any problems you have with your bite alignment, teeth, gums, and facial structure, as well as to plan your restorative procedures such as implants, bone grafts, and more.

This revolutionary technology allows your dentist to plan out your treatment with incredible precision and accuracy. It’s the most high-quality type of image we can use for diagnosis and treatment planning, allowing us to be extremely precise and accurate in our approach to your smile.

With these images, we can even show you exactly what we’re suggesting for your treatment and allow you to be a part of the decision-making process. You’ll have a clear understanding of what we need to treat any dental problems you may have, and we’ll also be able to show you what our recommendations will look like in the end result so you can feel confident about your dental treatment every step of the way.

How 3D Imaging Improves Dentistry

With today’s technology, dentists can take images of your teeth and smile for planning purposes without the use of traditional impressions. These images can be captured using technology such as intraoral cameras and 3D scanners to create a three-dimensional image of your teeth and gums. This eliminates the need to use messy, uncomfortable impression materials—which many patients find unpleasant.

Just as important, it eliminates the risk of gag reflexes for patients with sensitive gag reflexes. Plus, the images from your scan can be saved on file so that your dentist can easily reference them in the future. This means if you need dental restorations in the future, your dentist can use your scans as models to precisely plan and place those restorations with exacting accuracy. This can be very beneficial when it comes to dental implants, which can require a very precise placement to ensure their long-term success.

To learn more, visit Darren Gonzalez DDS at 1515 Montgomery Drive Ste B, Santa Rosa, CA 95405, or call (707) 542-1532.

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