The 3D dental scan is a very new and sophisticated diagnostic method that gives a 3D image of the jaws. It is a crucial part in the process of placing implants since it provides the density, depth, width of the bone and the proximity to nerve canals and sinuses. Compared to the regular x-rays it offers less radiation, high-quality diagnosis, high accuracy. It allows dentists to see anatomical structures from different angles, to diagnose root position, fractures, plan surgical procedures, impacted teeth, tumors and more.
The 3D dental scans are also known as Cone Beam Computer Tomography. Now that everything is done through a computer, dentistry also has the need of more advanced diagnostic methods. The CBCT scan is one of those new types of scans that provide a very detailed insight of the oral cavity.
These scans are used for the same purposes as the other types of X-rays. The difference is that they offer a three-dimensional view of the parts of the oral cavity. This is a more detailed look, that is sometimes very helpful and necessary.
There are numerous advantages of this method for both patients and doctors. The first one, that concerns both sides is the radiation. Compared to the conventional X-rays, the CBCT has minimal radiation exposure. If the patient needs only one X-ray, then the radiation won’t be a problem even with the conventional ones. Thankfully this new method really minimizes the exposure to radiation, while providing extremely quality scans.
Detailed imaging is very important in the diagnosis. There are numerous conditions that can’t be diagnosed properly with a 2D X-ray. The CBCT scans are very precise and give a real picture of the oral cavity. That is why dentist can rely on these images at all times and for numerous conditions. Conventional images can often be distorted and provide an inaccurate picture of the situation in the mouth. That won’t happen with the 3D scans.
The scan is done in a very short time. In other words, your dentist can have a precise image in only 15 seconds. This is very important for dental cases that require urgency. The cost depends on the country. In some countries, these scans can be affordable, especially if your dentist owns a CBCT machine as a part of their office.
These scans are pleasant for the patient. There is no need for patients to bite down on anything. There is no pain or discomfort. The machine simply scans the head and provides an image. This makes things significantly easier with kids.
Compared to the panoramic X-ray the CBCT scan gives details of a number of other structures. On the conventional one, dentists are not able to see nerves, arteries, soft-tissue structures, muscles and more. They also provide information about the condition of the bone, including width, depth, quality and more. Dentists who are planning a treatment with implants need to have one of these scans. Oral tumors, cysts, and other lesions are also diagnosed best with a 3D scan.