3D Imaging

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Physicians have relied on computerized axial tomography scans (CAT) for many years.  CAT scans are an X-ray procedure that uses many different X-ray images with the help of computers to generate cross-sectional or even 3D views of internal organs and structures within the body.  A knee replacement surgery, for example, would never be performed without first examining 3D imaging.

Dr. Lee purchased a 3D x-ray in 2017 to enhance his ability to diagnose and to plan more accurately conditions and treatment for implants, root canals, extractions, periodontal disease, as well as his treatment with OSB and ALF appliances in growth and development

3D scans can be completed in less than half a minute.  This means that far less radiation enters the body than if a regular set of bitewing X-rays were taken.  Our 3D machine uses pulse technology to further minimize exposure.  

How do we use 3D scans?

Our scans are advantageous because they allow the us to magnify specific areas of the face.  In addition, the we can easily view cross-sectional “slices” of the jaws and teeth, which makes planning treatment more accurate and faster.

Here are some of the main ways in which we use 3D scans:

  • Assess the quality of the jawbone where the implant will be placed.
  • Determine where nerves are located.
  • Diagnose tumors and disease in the early stages.
  • Pinpoint the most effective placement for implants, including the angle of best fit.
  • Plan the complete surgical procedure in advance, from start to finish.
  • Precisely decide on the appropriate size and type of implants.
  • View exact orientation and position of each tooth.
  • View the entire anatomy of a tooth and any infection associated with it prior to treatment planning a root canal or extraction
  • View airway size and shape, soft tissue size position and shape, and relative positions of cranial/facial bones and vertebrae

If you have questions about our digital x-rays or 3D scans, please Contact Us!

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