There are numerous ways that 3D imaging is used in a modern dental practice. This page will share with you some of the amazing things this technology can do.
3D imaging allows your doctor to see “inside out”. Imagine if you could see the inside of an apple, but without ever having to cut the apple in half? This is what CT allows us to do.
Before Any Treatment – CT used to diagnose if the patient is a candidate for implants:
After extracting teeth and making denture – CT used to plan 4 Implants on the lower jaw:
After Implants placed – CT used to verify precise placement of implants within the bone:
Root Canal Planning
Sometimes teeth have extra canals – and often even entire extra ROOTS – that cannot be seen using normal 2D imagine. In this example, the 3D image shows how this lower canine has an extra root and an extra canal. With this technology, the dentist knows about this abnormal anatomy BEFORE the procedure. This makes root canal treatment more predictable and more successful.
Diagnosis of Pathology
3D imaging is very useful in diagnosing Maxillofacial pathology. Sometimes your dental may see something on a 2D image and not know what it is. 3D imaging allows us to get a better view. Below will use a certain type of pathology called an “Incisive Canal Cyst” as an example. These example are all from our office.
Normal appearance of the Incisive canal on 3D scan:
Example #1 of what a Cyst looks like:
Example #2 of what a Cyst looks like: