3D Imaging (CBCT): The Future of Dental Care

Over the past couple of years, technology has seen exceptional growth, and unforeseen innovations have come, enriching our lives in many different ways. One of the key benefits that better access to technology and information helps us is with healthcare and medicine. The dental industry has seen the benefits in the form of 3D Imaging.

What is 3D Imaging

At the heart of it, 3D Imaging is exactly what it sounds like. This technology gives us more accurate details, with a comprehensive overview of the anatomical structures in the oral cavity, head, and neck. 3-dimensional imaging system focuses on both the soft tissue and bone at the same time, thus helping us to address the problem quickly, better diagnosis and efficiently to provide the most effective treatment plans possible.

These models are incredibly detailed and accurate. Also, it allows the medical professional to move and interact with the model way more than was ever possible. The technology we use at the office, Planmeca 3D promax, gives us the opportunity of a proprietary low-dose 3D imaging protocol that enables CBCT imaging with an even lower patient radiation dose than standard panoramic imaging. The pioneering protocol is based on intelligent low dose 3D imaging algorithms that decrease effective patient doses significantly without a statistical reduction in image quality – helping clinicians everywhere adhere to the ALARA principle (As Low As Reasonably Achievable).

Uses of 3D Imaging in Dentistry  

3D Imaging can be used in a range of different applications. These includes:

1.     Orthodontic 

By creating a precise 3D model, dentists can easily and accurately address orthodontic concerns. This also allows dentists to then prescribe proper treatments as well. 

2.     Implants 

Customization and personalized implants have seen great benefits of 3D imaging technology. 

3.     Cosmetic 

Any form of reconstructive surgery for aesthetics and oral surgery. The detailed images of the patient’s teeth and skull give professionals a much effective way of dealing with complex procedures. 

Advantages of 3D Imaging 

Some of the biggest benefits bought forth with the adoption of 3D Imaging are:

  1. Superb accuracy  The 3D images of the patient’s dentures and teeth give dentists a much more accurate model to work with compared to traditional methods such as molds. 
  2. Lesser radiation  Patients are exposed to less radiation since these scanners do not require much time.
  3. Efficient – Takes lesser time and achieves better results allowing for the whole process to be more efficient. 
  4. More information – 3D models generally offer much more information to work with for dental professionals compared to 2D scans. 

Conclusion  

As technology improves, dentistry, as well as the overall healthcare industry, will see more and more innovative treatment procedures that help medical professionals give better treatments to their patients. Technologies like Cone Beam Computer Tomography (CBCT) or optical solutions such as intraoral scanners (IOS) are key components of 3D Imaging. 

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