What are 3D Dental X-Rays?

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.

Dr. Wolfgang Schaller

Dr. Wolfgang Schaller was born in Germany, but he moved to Kansas City, Missouri in 1975 and has been here ever since. He loves this area! After graduating from Rockhurst High School, he went on to pursue extensive higher education. Dr. Schaller really values continuing education and training because that’s how he is able to be the most qualified that he can to care for you and your family’s dental needs!

Dr. Schaller completed his undergraduate studies at Kansas State University. He then obtained both an MS degree in biochemistry and his DDS degree at the University of Iowa. Dr. Schaller has worked as a DDS in a group office in Kansas and a solo practitioner in Independence for almost 10 years.

Studying at the University of Iowa was a great experience not only for education, but that’s also where Dr. Schaller met his wonderful wife, Monika. They moved to theNorthland area of Kansas City after graduation, where they now live with their two beautiful daughters, Natalie and Gabrielle. Monika Schaller works at North Kansas City Hospital as an oncology pharmacist.

In addition to dentistry and spending time with his family, Dr. Schaller’s other interests include gardening and photography. He looks forward to getting to know you and your family, too!