What Is Cone Beam 3D Imaging And What Is It Used For?

Dr. Core asks himself everyday, “What can I do to make coming to my office a better experience for my patients?” Whether it be something to change in the way we do things here at the office, offering IV Sedation to make the visits easier for our patients, or a new piece of technology that makes the work he does easier for the patient to handle, he is always looking for some way to make our patients more comfortable. Well, last year, he went to a conference across town in Scottsdale, and they introduced a new piece of equipment that he knew would change the way he practices dentistry as soon as he saw it. That piece of equipment was the Galileos Comfort Plus which takes cone beam 3D CT scans. Think of it like a 3D x-ray of your whole mouth.

The technology is so revolutionary it has literally changed the way that Dr. Core practices dentistry. He used to have to look at blurry two-dimensional x-rays and, while that is how he was trained as a dentist, and all other dentists are for that matter, when he looks at a crisp, clear 3D image, he can see every aspect of what is going on in the mouth. He can see the difference between the need for a root canal and just having a sinus infection. He can see how close a wisdom tooth is to the nerves and arteries in the jaw, instead of just making an educated guess like he used to have to do. He can even manipulate the image to see inside of each and every tooth to check for fractures or infected canals that would not show up on a regular two-dimensional x-ray.

To get an idea of the difference between what most dentists are working with and the new technology that Dr. Core now has, here is a panoramic x-ray from a phosphor-plate x-ray system that most dentists are using now;


And here is a screenshot from the software the new cone beam system uses:


Not only is the new technology a lot clearer, it can be manipulated to any angle, zoomed in, and highlighted depending on what application Dr. Core is using it for. Cone Beam 3D imaging is used to aid in many different procedures that we do here, including:

  • Dental Implant Surgery
  • Orthodontics
  • Root Canals
  • Jaw Reconstructive Surgery
  • and Extractions

It can also be used to diagnose:

  • Lesions
  • Nose and Sinus Issues
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Fractures
  • TMJ Issues
  • Suspect Pathology
  • and Un-diagnosed Pain

The more information a dentist has about a patient, the more predictable the diagnosis and treatment will be, and now that Dr. Core is utilizing cone beam 3D imaging in our practice, he is confident that he can provide the most predictable recommendations for his patients.

The new technology has also made it possible for Dr. Core to provide services that he had previously referred out to oral surgeons such as placing implants. With the 3D imaging, Dr. Core can plan out exactly where the implant would need to go not to affect the surrounding teeth, nerves, or arteries that come into play when placing most implants. He can use the image to create a surgical guide that will assist him when he is placing the implant to ensure that it will be placed precisely where he planned it using the software referenced above. So not only is new technology making dentistry more predictable than ever, it is simplifying procedures that were once very complex and precarious.

Give us a call or click here to schedule an appointment to learn more about 3D imaging or the services that we can now perform that maybe we couldn’t the last time you were in. We would love to see what we can do for your dental needs.


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