3D Oral Imaging In Killeen, TX
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While 2D digital x-rays are useful for regular dental exams and procedures, certain cases require a much more detailed view of your teeth and surrounding structures. For such cases, the professionals at our clinic in Killeen utilize 3D oral imaging scans to visualize your teeth, gums, jawbones, nerves, blood vessels, and other tissues. They are particularly useful for advanced restorative dentistry, implant procedures, and orthodontic cases.
Visit our dental office, or contact our team today to learn more about the process of 3d oral imaging in Killeen, TX. You can call us at (254) 978-5926 to schedule an appointment.
What Are CBCT Scans Used For?
3D oral imaging scans provide a roadmap to our dental professionals, for designing a precise treatment plan for you. These CBCT scans help us with both diagnosis and treatment. One of the prime uses of CBCT imaging is to plan an accurate location for the placement of dental implants. Maxillofacial surgeons employ these 3D imaging scans before planning orthognathic (corrective jaw) surgeries.
CBCT scans are also useful for analyzing tooth eruption patterns and jaw development in children. It is equally helpful for designing orthodontic treatment plans for children and adults. At our office in Killeen, TX, we also use 3D oral imaging for other procedures, such as temporomandibular joint (TMJ) analysis, detection of cysts or tumors, correction of sleep apnea, oral cancer diagnosis, and advanced cosmetic dentistry.
Questions About 3D Oral Imaging?
How Are CBCT Scans Better Than Other Imaging Techniques?
Cone Beam CT imaging provides a 360 view of your jaw and head along with a clear study of the nerves and blood vessels in that region. As indicated by its name, Cone beam CT imaging uses a focused x-ray beam that lowers scatter radiation and gives a high-resolution image. These images include finer details compared to conventional dental x-rays and CT scans.
Our practice offers 3D oral imaging in Killeen, TX that is also safer than traditional CT scans because it emits less radiation. Its in-office availability also makes it stand out against other complex imaging procedures. CBCT scanning can also produce multiple images of the region under study from various angles. Once these scans appear on our screen, we can make direct surgical guides for your treatment plan.
How Does 3D Oral Imaging Work?
The process of a Cone beam CT scan is very similar to that of a digital dental x-ray. It is a painless, non-invasive procedure that requires a short time. Our team in Killeen will answer all the queries you may have regarding 3D oral imaging beforehand.
To begin, we will position you in front of the CBCT machine in a particular way. The arm of the CBCT machine, which emits focused radiation, will rotate around your head. As it moves, the machine will capture high-resolution images of your jaws, face, and surrounding structures. The entire scan completes in less than a minute. Images generated by CBCT scanning are sent to our computer system within seconds, where they are kept in individual folders of each patient. Our dentist then evaluates these scans for diagnosis and treatment purposes.