Technological advancement in dentistry has brought so much to the table in recent decades. The rate at which it is evolving is surprising, making treatments more comfortable for dentists and patients. Being able to shift from the old and conventional methods to the more advanced ones is a huge leap.
One such notable improvement is the way the teeth and other oral features are being scanned and imaged. Earlier, the dentist had to visually examine the teeth, take a physical mold of them using a gooey substance, and take an X-ray to view the smaller details. All these hectic and uncomfortable procedures can now be replaced by 3D digital imaging, making the process convenient, safe, fast, and free from any mess.
WHAT IS 3D DIGITAL IMAGING?
3D digital imaging is done using a device called the CBCT or Cone Beam Computed Tomography. It gets its name from the conical beam of light that it projects on the patient's oral cavity to map out the oral features. It is, by far, one of the most sophisticated and advanced oral imaging systems available at the moment. Using the 3D images it renders, dentists can analyze even the smallest details of the patient's teeth, gums, jawbone, and other oral features.
The computer puts together several images captured by the device to produce a 3D image of the mouth in stunning detail. The image can be rotated, zoomed in, or tilted as required by the dentist to better observe the oral features. This virtually allows the dentist to get an unlimited number of views of the oral cavity.
ADVANTAGES OF CBCT SCAN
- A single scan gives an unlimited number of views from which the dentist can view the oral cavity.
- It can be used in various ways, such as analyzing jawbone deterioration and growth, mapping the exact positions of the teeth, measuring airway, etc., to facilitate different treatments like bone grafting, dental implant placement, and sleep apnea treatments.
- The radiation produced by the CBCT machine is minimal.
- The software supporting the device enables both the dentist and patient to get a good idea about the oral issue.
- Minute details can be observed in a magnified form.
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