What Is 3D Oral Imaging?
There have been many exciting changes to how we provide treatment for our dental patients over the last several years. 3D cone beam imaging gives us a highly detailed image of your oral features in fine detail, letting us more accurately diagnose and plan for your ideal treatment. With this advanced technology, we are more able to provide a whole-mouth approach to restoring the smiles of our patients. 3D cone beam imaging delivers less radiation and maximizes our ability to understand your oral health needs. Though we still rely on x-rays in some cases, as needed 3D oral scans can provide a more in-depth look. Some treatment scenarios are best planned with the support of a 3D oral scan to help you and our dentist make informed decisions about your oral health.
A 360-degree view of your jawbone, teeth, face, ears, sinus cavities, and other structures in your head and neck is produced when you receive a 3D cone beam imaging scan. Our dentist uses this detailed information to identify oral health needs early before they become major problems, and precisely plan for treatments for procedures like dental implant placement, full mouth reconstruction, surgical tooth extractions, and other types of care. By examining your oral structures in detail, it can be possible to diagnose problems early and reduce the chance you will need more complex treatment in the future. Find out how your family can benefit from a 3D dental scan by calling to schedule your next visit at Made Ya Smile in Houston, TX.
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What Are the Benefits Of 3D Oral Imaging?
3D oral imaging allows our Made Ya Smile dentists view our patients' dental anatomy from various angles and at high resolution. These 3D dental scans are incredibly helpful when we are trying to understand your bone structure and locate root and canal fractures in your mouth. If you are looking for a 3D x-ray dental scan near you, we can help. This state-of-the-art dental technology helps us confirm dental diagnoses, create treatment plans, and more.
Who Is a Candidate for 3D Oral Scans?
3D oral imaging produces high-quality digital images used to diagnose patients of all ages and appropriately plan their treatment. Using low-radiation technology, our advanced system creates a 360-degree, finely-detailed image of your head, neck, and mouth. When treating kids and adolescents this image can be extremely helpful, allowing our dentist to closely monitor tooth and jaw development and accurately plan treatment timing for orthodontics and potential wisdom teeth extractions. Adults who need dental implant procedures, root canal therapy, restorative treatments like fillings and crowns, and treatment for TMJ disorders can benefit from these scans as well. Patients who have experienced facial or oral trauma and those who require complex treatment plans may benefit greatly from the advances in technology apparent in 3D oral imaging.
How Does 3D Oral Imaging Work?
3D oral imaging helps us plan for and perform specific types of treatment or may be taken as a part of your routine dental examination for preventive reasons. The advanced oral scanning process is quick and efficient, and many patients find it to be very similar to digital x-ray procedures. When your 3D cone beam scan is taken, you will be placed in an exact position in front of our high-tech machine, and it will rotate around your head as it takes images of your face, mouth, neck, jaw, and head in a process that takes less than 40 seconds. The images this scan collects are transmitted straight to your file on our computer. The Made Ya Smile team will then go over your 3D images with you and let you know areas of concern or interest as we gain an understanding of your unique treatment needs. A small amount of radiation is produced during this scan, so please inform us if you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant so we can take appropriate precautions to protect your health.
What Happens After the 3D Imaging Process?
We pride ourselves on offering the high-quality, comprehensive care you want for your family at Made Ya Smile Spring Cypress, no matter if your dental treatment needs are simple or more complex. With 3D cone beam technology, our dentist is able to gain an enhanced view of your oral structures in much greater detail than was possible in the past. It also lets us plan for your oral health from a whole-mouth perspective that is not possible when we rely on more simple two-dimensional digital x-rays. You may need 3D oral scans for follow-up or during your routine visits to Made Ya Smile depending on your treatment and unique needs. Our dentist will use your 3D scans to plan for the treatment options most able to improve the quality of your oral health and give you a gorgeous smile.
Does Insurance Cover 3D Dental Imaging?
You may have 3D imaging taken at your initial visit at Made Ya Smile or our dentist may recommend it during routine cleaning and exam visits. As a diagnostic tool, they are typically covered by most dental insurance plans. We will check on your benefits with your provider before taking your 3D scan. At Made Ya Smile we accept most PPO dental plans. It is important to us that we do our part to make dental care for your family affordable if you have any out-of-pocket expenses. To accomplish this, we offer a range of convenient payment options and can give you information on flexible in-office or third-party payment plans.
3D Imaging FAQ
What is 3D oral imaging used for?
Our Houston, TX team uses 3D imaging for several procedures at our practice. Root canal therapy, sleep apnea treatment, implant placement, and tooth extractions are all services that utilize 3D imaging.
Do I need to do anything to prepare for 3D oral imaging?
3D oral imaging does not require any preparation. We may ask you to remove metal hairpins, earrings, glasses, or hearing aids, so they do not interfere with the oral imaging scans. Pregnant or nursing patients should notify our staff so we can take the necessary precautions.
Should I be worried about radiation exposure from 3D imaging?
You will be exposed to minimal radiation compared to what we are exposed to throughout our daily lives. Our team takes extreme caution when performing your scans. 3D imaging is only recommended when necessary and will benefit your oral health.
State-of-the-Art Dental Technology
A safe, effective way for our dentist to look at all of your oral structures in greater detail, 3D advanced cone beam imaging is a revolution in diagnostic technology. Using this whole-mouth imaging system, our dentist can more easily diagnose oral problems early on and offer treatment options to improve issues with your teeth, bone, and jaw. For brilliant, healthy smiles over the long-term, advanced 3D oral imaging from our state-of-the-art practice can support the oral health of your whole family. Our friendly team is ready to talk to you today about scheduling your next appointment for a dental scan at our Houston, TX family dental practice.