How 3D Dental Implant Imaging Enhances Your Dental Implant Procedure

January 25, 2023

Dental implant imaging has revolutionized the way that dental implant procedures are completed. By utilizing 3D imaging techniques, dentists can more accurately place implants and reduce the risk of complications. In this blog post, we will explore how 3D dental implant imaging enhances your dental implant procedure and discuss the many benefits of using this cutting-edge technology.

What is 3D dental implant imaging?

3D Dental Implant Imaging is a technology that uses digital 3D images of the jawbone and teeth to help dental professionals precisely plan dental implant placement. This imaging technology provides detailed, accurate 3D images of the jaw and surrounding anatomy that allow dentists to measure, plan and evaluate the best placement of dental implants. 

The use of 3D imaging allows dentists to better visualize the shape, size, and position of the patient’s jawbone, as well as see how any existing teeth will affect the placement of the dental implant. 3D imaging also provides a more comprehensive view of the surrounding tissues, such as the sinuses and nerves, so dentists can better assess the risk of damage during the dental implant procedure.

Ultimately, this helps dentists place the dental implant in the most optimal position for greater comfort and faster healing time for the patient.

What are the benefits of using 3D dental implant imaging?

3D dental implant imaging offers a number of distinct advantages over traditional dental implant x-rays. Most notably, 3D images provide more detailed information about the jawbone, root, and crown of the teeth for a more accurate assessment of the overall condition of your teeth. With this information, dentists can determine whether or not a dental implant is necessary and where exactly to place it.

With 3D imaging, dentists can also identify any potential complications before they become a problem. This helps ensure that the dental implant procedure is performed safely and accurately. Additionally, 3D images are more accurate and easier to read than traditional dental implant x-rays, making it simpler for dentists to diagnose and treat patients quickly and effectively.

Finally, 3D dental implant imaging allows dentists to better plan the best approach for each individual patient’s treatment. With this improved knowledge, dentists can make decisions that will lead to the most successful dental implant procedures possible.

How does 3D dental implant imaging work?

3D dental implant imaging uses a technology called Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) to generate detailed 3D images of the teeth and jaw structure. CBCT is an advanced form of x-ray technology that uses a cone-shaped X-ray beam and a detector array to capture an image from all angles.

This provides a detailed three-dimensional (3D) view of the teeth and jaw structure, giving the dentist or oral surgeon an accurate and comprehensive assessment of the patient’s anatomy. The 3D images can also help the dental implant specialist assess the quality of existing teeth, plan a successful dental implant procedure, and more.

The CBCT dental implant x-ray allows dentists to see the exact position of the implant in relation to the patient's existing teeth and jawbone structure. It also helps them to accurately measure the amount of bone available for implant placement, which is important for achieving optimal results with dental implants.

Additionally, the 3D imaging software gives dentists the ability to simulate potential treatment outcomes before any actual treatment begins. This can be invaluable in helping dentists make the best decisions for their patients.

What are the risks associated with 3D dental implant imaging?

The use of 3D Dental Implant Imaging for the placement of dental implants has been deemed safe, with minimal risks associated. While the radiation emitted during the scan is lower than that of traditional dental implant x-ray scans, there are still risks present. The most common risk associated with this type of imaging is overexposure to radiation.

This can be avoided by minimizing the number of scans done, wearing protective clothing, and adhering to the scan time set by the technician or doctor performing the scan.

Additionally, individuals should discuss any allergies or sensitivities they may have to certain materials used in the scan with their doctor before undergoing 3D Dental Implant Imaging.

The Reveal Diagnostics Technology for dental implant imaging

Reveal Diagnostics utilizes NewTom technology for the dental implant imaging process. NewTom is a special 3D cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) dental imaging device that captures data quickly and produces highly accurate 3D images of the jawbone.

This technology provides detailed, sub-millimeter images of the jaw, giving dentists a clear view of the jawbone’s internal structure and precisely where to place the dental implants.

The NewTom technology used at the 5 Reveal Diagnostics imaging centers creates incredibly detailed images of the jawbone that would normally take several dental implant x-rays to obtain. The images are generated in just a few seconds, providing an instant readout that helps dentists determine the best locations for placement. 

With this state-of-the-art technology, Reveal Diagnostics is able to provide precision dental implant imaging services to its patients in a fraction of the time it takes traditional dental imaging methods.

This advanced imaging system also allows for greater accuracy when placing implants due to its ability to capture clear views of the jawbone from all angles. Additionally, NewTom technology exposes patients to significantly less radiation than traditional dental implant x-rays, providing a much safer experience overall. 

With Reveal Diagnostics and NewTom technology, patients can rest assured knowing that they are receiving the most accurate and safest imaging services available.

If you require a 3D dental implant scan, book an appointment at one of our 5 Bay Area offices. Our experienced imaging professionals are utilizing the most up-to-date CBCT technology to capture tailored 3D images for your implant treatment. Reach out to us for further information!

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