While digital dental x-rays are able to capture two-dimensional images of your teeth, 3D oral imaging can provide a 360-degree view. 3D imaging allows our dentists at Stone Lake Dental to observe the full extent of any oral health issues or areas of damage to your jaw, skull, teeth, and mouth. It is an innovative technology that can paint a picture of your overall dental health. Not only can 3D oral imaging help us to assess any potential dental problems, but it can also explain and evaluate what changes need to be made. It allows for a quicker diagnosis and more accurate treatment options. The images that are taken can even be used to make more precise dental implants, crowns, onlays, inlays, etc. 3D oral imaging allows us to thoroughly assist our Wichita Falls, TX patients make informed decisions about their dental treatments.
3D imaging can be used to diagnose a wide variety of dental problems for patients of all ages. For children, it is able to track changes and developments in oral and facial structure. It can also be used during orthodontic treatments to determine that teeth are indeed shifting and aligning properly. It also improves the treatment planning process by allowing patients the best possible options for tracking and fixing problems.
What to Expect
Much like x-rays, 3D oral imaging is typically part of your regular dental exam. The actual procedure is similar to having an x-ray taken, but with 3D imaging, the imaging machine will rotate 360-degrees around your head. The whole process takes about 20 – 40 seconds for a full-mouth view. The images are then uploaded for review and to determine whether you are experiencing any dental issues that may require treatment. As the imaging process can expose patients to radiation, women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should let our team know beforehand. Also, children should reduce their exposure to radiation and only receive 3D imaging when necessary and approved by a professional.
There is no need for a formal follow-up after receiving 3D oral imaging, but it is advisable and highly recommended that patients receive bi-annual dental cleanings and yearly dental examinations to maintain optimal oral health. An attentive dental health regimen is equally as important, including brushing twice daily and flossing every day to keep your teeth strong and healthy.
As part of an annual or bi-annual dental exam or cleaning, 3D oral imaging is typically covered by most insurance companies. Our billing staff will contact your insurance provider and let you know if there are any additional charges that are not covered by your policy.
3D Oral Imaging
This method of oral imaging is an efficient way to successfully detect and treat problems that may occur in the mouth, teeth, or jaw. 3D oral imaging is often used during simple and complex dental procedures to help simplify the treatment and reduce the risk of complications. If you would like to make 3D oral imaging a part of your routine dental exam, call our office to book a consultation today.