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What is a 3D dental scan?

One of the most important and exciting developments in dental diagnostic technology in the past decade has been the advent of 3D dental imaging. However, most people likely aren’t even aware of what 3D dental technology is — that’s how new it is! Dental cone beam computed tomography (CT) is a special type of x-ray equipment used when regular dental x-rays are not sufficient. This type of CT scanner uses a special type of technology to generate three dimensional (3-D) images of dental structures, soft tissues, nerve paths and bone in the craniofacial region in a single scan. Images obtained with cone beam CT allows for more precise treatment planning.


dental 3D scan allows clinicians to view dental anatomy from different angles. It can help gain a better view of bone structures, such as adjacent root positions, in order to locate canals and root fractures, as well as provide the ability to more accurately measure anatomical structures. CT scan is also support a wide range of diagnosis and treatment planning, making them extremely flexible: Computed tomography granting practitioners greater predictability and confidence in preparing for extractions and implant placement, determining bone structure and tooth orientation, evaluating sinuses and nasal cavities, locating origin of pain or pathology.

To determine whether you are a good candidate for dental implants, one of the primary things we must evaluate is the thickness and quality of your jaw bone. It is essential that your jaw is dense and healthy enough for implants to be possible and successful. With 3D scans, we can also gauge the thickness of your bone structure to determine what size dental implants are appropriate for your mouth.  

3d scan before implant placement                          


3d scan after implant placement   


Oral Surgery uses cone beam computed tomography to plan for difficult or high risk wisdom teeth removal. The scanning software reconstructs a three-dimensional visualization of the jaw that helps with more accurate surgical planning. The use of CBCT potentially reduces patient risk of nerve injury during wisdom teeth surgery.

3d scan of mandibular jaw taken on a patient to evaluate position of third molars and to trace the inferior alveolar nerve to avoid any possible damage.


3D dental imaging is on its way to becoming the new standard of dental care. We are proud to be at the forefront of 3D dentistry. Is your family looking for a quality dentistry service on the cutting-edge of technology? Do you want to learn more about 3D dental imaging? Contact us today to learn what services we can offer you and your family.

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