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Dental Imaging

One of the many advantages of the technological advancements that occur in any field is how these advancements allow individuals the opportunity to be more precise in locating problems and instituting solutions. Technological advancements that have occurred in the field of dentistry have allowed more individuals to receive the exact care they need in order to build, restore and maintain their oral health in as comfortable a way as possible. One such advancement is in the area of dental imaging, especially with 3D dental imaging services.

The Value of Dental Imaging

Achieving and maintaining one’s oral health is not limited to preventing and resolving those things one can easily detect and see in their mouth. Of course, the health of one’s teeth, gums and other oral soft tissues is incredibly important, and achieving and maintaining oral health is largely involved with these exact areas. However, the fact is that even an individual who is absolutely dedicated to maintaining stellar oral health through vigorous oral hygiene practices can yet encounter problems–sometimes in areas and ways that they aren’t even watching for and cannot see. Needless to say, it can be incredibly disheartening and frustrating for an individual to be dedicated to preserving their oral health and then suddenly encounter extensive oral health conditions that they didn’t even know were occurring.

While what is occurring in the open areas of the mouth is important, what is occurring below the surface in the mouth is also incredibly important, especially since undetected conditions beneath the gums can be very uncomfortable or painful and extremely destructive. Ideally, conditions beneath the gums never occur at all, but in most cases these conditions can be successfully resolved if caught early. A dentist must have a way, then, to see what cannot be easily seen with a visual inspection alone. This is the purpose of dental imaging.

Dental imaging has advanced considerably over the years, most recently with the introduction of 3D dental imaging. More than any other imaging technology has ever been able to, 3D dental imaging allows dentists to see everything in their patient’s mouth so thoroughly and easily that it is far easier for them to diagnose problems, even minimal ones, and recommend effective treatment. More specifically, 3D dental imaging benefits the patient because:

  • It provides beam limitation. It is well understood that while the many benefits of dental imaging make it well worth it, there is still the issue of some radiation exposure. However, 3D dental imaging strictly limits the patient’s exposure to radiation, focusing only on the exact area of interest.
  • Shorter scan time. 3D dental imaging machines are designed to create all necessary images in a single rotation, which not only reduces the chances of image defects caused by patient movement but also reduces the total scan time.
  • Better image accuracy. The images produced through 3D dental imaging have great resolution, allowing dentists to better see exactly what they need to see in order to determine the parameters of any necessary dental procedure.
  • Better image detail. Dentists can use 3D dental images to clearly see pathology, infections, nerves, musculature and much more. This allows them to better understand any issues their patients may be having and exactly what treatment will be able to get to the root of and handle the problem.
  • Bone assessment. An important part of dental care includes assessing the condition and quality of the bones related to the mouth. 3D dental images can help the dentist determine whether the patient’s bones are able to receive implants, and whether there are any lesions or breaks.
  • Non-Intrusive imaging. One of the things that patients may dread about traditional dental imaging procedures is the need to bite down on a hard mold or piece of plastic, potentially irritating their gums or inner cheek tissue. However, 3D dental imaging does not require this, and a complete, accurate scan can be performed without the patient needing to do anything except sit patiently for roughly ten seconds.

When it comes to dental care, the most cost effective and comfortable treatment methods are prevention or rapid diagnosis and resolution. Dental imaging allows this to occur, and as such is an important tool that greatly benefits patients.


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