How 3D Imaging Is Improving Dentistry

Dental X-Rays Clear Lake TXImaging has historically been one of the most important aspects of diagnostic medicine. Before the development of x-ray and other imaging techniques, the only way that medical professionals could observe internal structures was through exploratory surgery. We are well past those days, fortunately. Now, doctors and dentists rely on x-rays, CT scans, and other forms of imaging to diagnose, treat, and manage various health conditions.

In recent years, dentistry has improved significantly thanks to the refinement of x-rays (digital versus films) and the extension of CT imaging to provide 3-dimensional views of the mouth and skull. The value of 3D CAT scans is seen in the clarity of observation of the nerves, tissues, and bone structure in the mouth and jaw.

One of the areas in which 3D imaging is making a significant difference is in implant dentistry. We are proud to utilize this advanced technology in our Houston office to facilitate the best possible outcome from tooth replacement. Using the Galileos 3D imaging platform, we can obtain vital information in under a minute. The quickness of imaging substantially reduces radiation exposure without minimizing the accuracy of structural details.

What We can See Thanks to 3D Imaging

One of the advantages of Galileos 3D imaging is that it becomes possible to magnify a particular area of the jaw or face. Additionally, 3D CAT scans can be cross-sectioned to show only a “slice” of the jaw or other structure. This directly correlates to faster, easier, more efficient treatment planning.

Some of the common uses of 3D imaging include:

  • Accurately identify the best placement for implants, right down to the ideal angle.
  • Locate the position and characteristics of nerves in the jaw and face.
  • Evaluate jawbone density and quality for the placement of dental implants.
  • Strategically plan surgical procedures before the day of surgery, including the type and size of implants that will achieve the best results.

In addition to implant surgery, 3D imaging may also be used to view impacted teeth, observe the position and orientation of teeth, and to diagnose suspected tumors.

We are committed to optimal treatment outcomes and rely on the best diagnostic and planning tools to achieve this goal. Learn more about the services available in our Houston office, or schedule your appointment at (281) 486-8061.

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