3D Imaging and Digital X-rays


3D Imaging Technology

3D imaging technologies develop the illusion of depth in an image. 3D imaging is a useful factor for industrial applications to assist in quality control processes. 3D imaging is the process of using 2D data in a three-dimensional format, creating the illusion of depth. Many different technologies can assist with this process, to develop a 3D rendering for inspection and testing purposes.

Some common types of 3D imaging techniques are 3D structured light, 3D laser imaging, Computed Tomography (CT) imaging, and 3D X-Ray imaging.

Why are 3D dental x-rays necessary?

Not all dental offices are equal. There can be a huge difference in the quality of treatment patients receive, particularly if a dental office does not resort to advanced technology. Exceptional patient care is our primary concern at the Center for Dental Health, La Jolla. We aim to offer the latest technological advances in the field of dentistry. Keeping this in mind, we are pleased to use 3D dental x-ray technology on our patients.

3D dental X-rays give dentists a better view of the dental problem they are diagnosing. This allows dental professionals to come up with the most effective treatment plan for the situation.Compared to traditional 2D X-rays that only produce a two-dimensional picture of the mouth, 3D dental imaging uses Cone-Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) equipment to provide 3D-rendition of the patient’s mouth and skull. This ingenious technology allows us to get a bird's-eye view of your mouth.

The device takes images of the teeth and skull and uses them — through robust digital processing software — to construct a 3D image that can allow accurate diagnosis and treatment planning. However, patients need to be as still as possible during the 10-40 seconds of image-collection to prevent any distortions. The process takes less time. As a result, there is less risk of movement, eliminating the need for further retakes.

What is Dental Cone Beam 3D Imaging used for?

Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) scans are a relatively new technology in the field of dentistry. They produce 3D dental imaging using a rotating framework attached to an X-ray source and detector. Due to the cone-shaped source of ionizing radiation that is directed through the area being examined, dental CBCT scans produce numerous projection images during a single rotation. These 3D dental scans differ from traditional CT because their cone shape allows for the incorporation of the entire field of vision, whereas medical CTs use a fan-shaped beam that requires stacking individual image slices to create a 3D representation. Thus, cone beam imaging is easier to use, less expensive, and safer than traditional medical CT technology.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does a 3D dental scan show?

A 3D dental scan is used for a specific purpose and can detect cysts and tumors, salivary gland issues, teeth alignment, and more. Unlike 2D x-rays, three-dimensional x-ray imaging was developed to help get an understanding of the entire mouth by designing a 3D version of the oral cavity.

Are 3D dental X-rays safe?

While many people are concerned about radiation exposure from X-rays, the radiation emitted from a 3D x-ray machine is extremely small.

What is a cone beam scan used for?

A Cone beam scan provides detailed images of the bone and is performed to gauge diseases of the jaw, dentition, bony structures of the face, nasal cavity, and sinuses.
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