3D Imaging Technology Specialist

Wall St Dental Spa

General and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Financial District, New York, NY

When regular dental X-rays don’t give a clear enough picture, 3D imaging technology can help the dental specialists at Wall St Dental Spa effectively better plan your care. Located in the Financial District of New York City, they use cone beam computed tomography (CT) to diagnose and treat your dental condition. To schedule your appointment, call or book online.

3D Imaging Technology Q & A

What is 3D imaging technology?

Three-dimensional (3D) imaging technology is the ability to create 3D radiographic pictures of an object. Used in the field of dentistry, 3D imaging technology allows your dentists to visualize the teeth, soft tissues, nerve pathways, and bones of your mouth and jaw.

Cone beam computed tomography (CT) is a specialized type of equipment designed to take 3D dental images. Similar to a conventional CT scan, this technology can create high-quality scans of an area, allowing your providers to appropriately diagnose conditions and plan treatment.

Unlike a regular CT scan, the cone beam CT machine is smaller and delivers a smaller amount of radiation than a typical CT. This test is used in cases when regular dental X-rays are insufficient for diagnosis and proper treatment.

Why is 3D imaging technology used?

Your dental provider may suggest 3D imaging in order to diagnose or plan treatment for:

  • Impacted teeth
  • Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder
  • Jaw or oral tumors
  • Oral abscesses
  • Jaw deformities
  • Tooth-related nerve pain

It may also be used before or after procedures, such as:

  • Dental implants
  • Mouth reconstruction
  • Tooth extractions
  • Oral surgery
  • Root canal

Detailed images can be a valuable tool in providing effective and thorough dental care.

What can I expect when having 3D images made?

No special at-home preparations are necessary before having your dental images done. At the time of the scan, you may be asked to remove jewelry or anything that may interfere with the scanner, including removable dental appliances or hearing aids.

Please let your dentist or imaging specialist know before your scan if you think you may be pregnant.

You may be asked to either sit or stand while the cone beam CT machine rotates 360-degrees around your head. Usually, a full-mouth scan takes around 20-40 seconds to complete. More images may be taken if your provider wants diagnostic images of specific areas.

The digital images are immediately available for your provider and will be stored digitally at your provider’s office.

To see if 3D imaging technology can help diagnose or plan your dental care, call or book an appointment online with Wall St Dental Spa today.

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