Getting a closer look at your teeth has come a long way from the early days of x-rays. While standard dental x-rays are still available and widely used, dental offices around the world are stepping up their game with a more in-depth x-ray technology. By using 3D dental x-ray technology, your dentist can get the best view of your teeth and gums. It also uses less radiation, is completed more quickly, and gets a better assessment of your teeth. What’s not to like? Here, Flintlock Dental will check out what goes into these 3D dental x-rays and see what all the fuss is about!
What is 3D Dental X-Ray Technology?
This type of x-ray gives dentists a 3D model of their patients’ mouths, allowing for a more thorough and complete assessment of the work that needs to be done. It uses a type of beam radiation, which allows for hundreds of images to be captured quickly in a single scan, rather than readjusting a machine into place for each image. This method has several advantages over classic methods.
When compared to typical scans, 3D dental x-rays:
- Have a simple production process.
- Provide better image quality and less distortion.
- Capture and store images digitally, so they are less likely to be lost or damaged over time.
- Cost about 50% less.
- Deliver less radiation exposure than a CT scan (but about the same as a 2D x-ray).
- More accurate information means less radiation, since 2D x-rays might need to be redone.
- A full 360 image of the mouth helps dentists provide a better, more accurate diagnosis.
Are 3D Dental X-Rays Safe?
The quick answer is yes, this method is safe. It takes a camera image all around your head while you stand in once place, and you are exposed to only small amounts of radiation during a quicker process. This is even safer than regular x-rays, because there is less chance that you’ll need a retake to get more information. Overall, 3D dental x-rays will give the least amount of radiation that a patient can be exposed to while providing the best quality image. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry has cleared the 3D x-rays as safe for children to receive as well. Should you still have concerns over the safety of these x-rays, make sure you talk with your dentist to get all the answers you need and ease your mind.
With the dental x-ray process quickly leaning in the direction of 3D imagery, you’re sure to see this type of x-ray in more dental offices across the country in the coming years. For better image quality, less radiation exposure, and a better chance at accurate diagnosis, it seems like there’s nothing this machine can’t do. If you want to try this type of x-ray on your next visit, ask your dentist if it’s something they offer or might consider using in the future. As always, make sure you stay up-to-date on your annual check-ups and keep up with your daily dental hygiene routine to avoid issues that might be found on the 3D dental x-ray.