The Benefits of 3D Cone Beam X-Rays
In light of recent technological advancements, dental professionals now have access to 3D cone beam x-ray devices. This specialized x-ray device allows your endodontist to take a closer look at your teeth, bone, soft tissues, and nerves as needed to provide you with the highest quality of care. The difference between traditional x-rays and 3D cone beam x-rays is a night and day comparison, offering many benefits for both you and your endodontist.
Provides a Clear View
As a cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) system, this x-ray device uses an upgraded version of the CT tech found in the medical world. As the cone-shaped beam rotates around you, it takes hundreds of scans that layer together to create the 3D image.
The result is a picture-perfect representation of the structures in your head and neck. Your endodontist then has a stunningly clear view of your teeth, jawbone, and more, giving them the information they need to create your ideal care plan.
Boosts Diagnostic Accuracy
Using the detailed 3D images, your endodontist can make accurate diagnoses and even spot minor problems as they start to develop. The sheer accuracy of the images allows the endodontist to take linear measurements and perform other diagnostic tasks with great confidence.
With the images in hand, they can diagnose and treat many different issues, including:
- Sleep apnea
- Impacted teeth
- Nerve pain
They can also use the 3D scans in place of impressions when ordering crowns and similar works from the lab.
It’s Quick and Comfortable
Cone beam imaging is even faster and easier than traditional x-rays. At the start of this imaging procedure, you will sit or lie down in a specialized chair with a rotating arm attached. The arm is C-shaped and holds the imaging equipment needed for this procedure. This arm will slowly rotate around your head as you sit perfectly still, taking hundreds of images and compiling them into one 3D scan. This process only takes around 60 seconds to complete and the images are ready to view almost immediately.
Allows for Convenient Review of Images
Upon completion of the scan, the system uploads the image into a digital file that can be reviewed by your endodontist. In fact, the moment it is ready, they can immediately pull up the CBCT scans and review them with you on their computer system.
The scan will remain in their system as a part of your permanent file, so it can be compared against future images. If you see other dental care providers, you can also easily transfer the images along with all your other records.
Acquire the Dental Care You Need with a Call to Our Clinic
Although it is not always necessary to have 3D cone beam x-rays taken, there is nothing to worry about if you do. The process is safe, quick, and easy for you to complete. And the results are just what your endodontist needs to plan your care. Your endodontist will let you know if you are in need of this type of imaging and will walk you through the process at that time.
To schedule your appointment with our team at Ballantyne Endodontics, contact us today at 704-541-7017 to find a convenient time and date to come down. We look forward to helping you take charge of your dental care and move through each stage of the process with confidence.