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What Does a 3D Cone Beam Really Offer?
Posted on 10/19/2020 by Palisades Surgical Arts
What Does a 3D Cone Beam Really Offer?This is a new technology which allows the office staff to provide three-dimensional, high resolution images of the patient's mouth. Never before has the taking of x-rays been simpler or quicker. Firing off six hundred photos, they are sent to a computer which then assembles these pieces into stunning three-dimensional views of the patient's mouth.

While traditional x-rays simply show images of the teeth, 3D cone beam technology shows the teeth as well as the underlying soft tissue. By using this technology, we are now able to tell how close a wisdom tooth is to a nerve or an artery in the jaw. It is now easier than ever to tell how much bone is missing and whether it is able to support an implant or other dental appliance.


What are the Benefits of a 3D Cone Beam?


Using this technology, we have the ability to accurately place implants and to determine if a root canal is the best treatment option. It allows proper planning for impacted wisdom teeth extraction. What was once guesswork is now precision planning through better imagery. With wisdom teeth, when they were impacted, the removal could be far more complicated once it was begun than originally thought. Now with this imagery, they will know beforehand.

An evaluation of undiagnosed complaints of pain, diagnosing TMJ pain, sleep apnea and the patient's sinuses can now all be done with a single image. Now with fractures, staff can tell how serious it is before embarking on a treatment plan. The same can be said with regard to treating TMJ concerns.

While this will not take the place of the traditional two-dimensional x-ray, this technology provides another tool used to diagnose and treat a variety of dental issues. As with any new technology patients typically have a lot of questions. That is why we are here so gives us a call.

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