At Trail Creek Dental we are proud owners of the latest break-through in dental x-ray technology, the Vatech Pax i3D-Green. Vatech's innovative technology provides us with the most advanced 3D dental images, all while using the lowest possible X-ray dose.
More recently, dentists have begun to rely on 3D imaging techniques to provide them with a detailed view of the mouth and skull. The advantage that 3D imaging holds over regular dental x-rays is that bone structure, bone density, tissues, and nerves can be viewed. The main use for 3D scans is to aid in dental implant treatment, root canal treatment, and other oral surgery. 3D scans vastly reduce the time it takes to place implants as well as improving the precision at which they are placed.
Our 3D scan 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. Going "Green" with dental x-rays allows us to protect our valued patients while obtaining the most diagnostic quality images in the field.
How are 3D scans used?
3D scans are advantageous because they allow the dentist to magnify specific areas of the face. In addition, the dentist can easily view cross-sectional “slices” of the jaw, which makes planning treatment easier and faster.
Here are some of the main ways in which 3D scans are used in dentistry:
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.
Measure the density of the jawbone where the implant will be placed.
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 impacted teeth.
How are 3D scans performed?
3D scans are quick and simple to perform. A Cone Beam Imaging System is at the heart of the 3D scanner. During the scan, the patient stands stationary. The cone beams are used to take literally hundreds of pictures of the face. These pictures are used to compile an exact 3D image of the inner mechanisms of the face and jaw. Our dentists are able to zoom in on specific areas and view them from alternate angles.
Our patients report the Vatech 3D scanner is comfortable because the scanner provides an open environment, meaning that claustrophobic feelings are eliminated. The scan is an incredible tool that is minimizing the cost of dental treatment, reducing treatment time and enhancing the end results of dental surgery.
If you have questions or concerns about Vatech scans or 3D imaging, please contact our office.