Traditional Dental X-rays vs. Digital 3D Dental Imaging

Research shows that the health of your mouth is connected to your overall health and wellbeing. In fact, multiple studies show a link between oral disease and diabetes, heart disease, and other life-threatening systemic conditions. Early detection of dental problems before they worsen can help save your teeth and prevent expensive restorations.

Thorough Oral Exams  

Dentists typically use digital x-rays and intra-oral cameras to carefully examine your mouth and provide a complete treatment plan that treats the root of the problem and prevents the symptoms from reoccurring.

The 3D imaging system comprises a digital x-ray scanner that is mounted on a rotating arm. To capture images, you simply sit in a chair while the scanner projects x-rays in a controlled, cone-shaped beam as it moves in one complete circle round your head. No special preparation is necessary with this digital technology.

After the procedure, the dentist calls up the views needed on a computer display, with 2D, 3D, and even panoramic views of your mouth. We can view the images from any angle or magnification in order to evaluate the relationships between teeth, tissues, nerves, airways, and bones, to plan or assess your treatment.

Benefits of digital dental x-rays

With traditional x-rays, many elements are not clearly visible because of the low resolution, and dentists are often forced to infer, surmise, project, calculate, and interpret, resulting in an educated guess of what we is deduced from the image. Another challenge of traditional x-rays is that they do not sensitive enough to show tiny issues, such as those in their early stages. For complete analysis, patients may exposures to compare to a single 3D scan, since one exposure produces one x-ray picture.

This has all changed considerably with the advent of 3D digital x-ray technology. With its incredibly high resolution and amazingly low radiation, it has literally changed how dentists see things. Compared to conventional X-rays, 3D digital x-rays deliver less radiation and provide clearer, more precise images. Additionally, the image is instantaneously displayed on a TV display so that treatment can be planned and explained to the patients. The result is precise implant placement without any guesswork.

Final Note

Dentist recommend dental checkups every six months, and yearly oral cancer screenings. Through 3D digital imaging, your dentist is better placed to detect most problems in their earliest stage for optimal preventive and restorative care.

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