3D imaging: definitive dental diagnosis

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Wednesday, 3 April, 2019

Thanks to innovation in cone beam computed technology (CBCT), 3D scanners are becoming a regular feature of modern dental practices. Here we explain why 3D scanners so good at picking up problems with your teeth – and why all our CEREC doctors listed on www.ineedadentist.com have them.

Making decisions in 3D

In dentistry, CBCT technology works by taking a series of small X-ray images of your tooth from every angle. It then uses a computer to combine these images to create a 3D digital model. It allows your dentist to see beyond the surface of your tooth to every cross section inside. It provides in-depth, 3D decision making tool to help your dentist evolve a treatment plan.

Types of dental treatments using 3D imaging

Digital scanners are used in planning every type of dental treatment – from fillings to veneers. The scanners provide more information than a traditional x-ray and help avoid the need for those messy moulds that make you gag. 3D scans can be used to make your clear aligners as well.

For example, CEREC uses 3D technology to simplify the process of dental restoration (veneers, crowns, onlays and inlays); and 3D printing is also widely used in dentistry now. Patients can see their new smile on a printed model before even proceeding with treatment.

Is your dentist up-to-date?

If you find yourself asking ‘why doesn’t my dentist have this technology?’ it might come down to lack of investment. While extremely powerful and versatile as a diagnostic tool, 3D imaging technology is expensive. Many dentists still don’t see value in investing in great technology – even when it will clearly help their patients.

Find a dentist with 3D insight

3D imaging delivers more definitive dental diagnoses and a faster and more pleasant treatment experience without painful x-ray films or sticky in-mouth moulds. If your dentist isn’t keeping up with the latest advances in 3D imaging, perhaps it’s time to find a new one.

All our CEREC doctors listed on www.ineedadentist.com have 3D technology. Read more about CEREC restorations.

Dr David Hills graduated from the Dental School at Griffith University in 2009. Prior to this David had finished 4 years of study in Biomedical Science completing a scholarship with the Heart Foundation Research Centre. David has spent the last 7 years working as a dentist on the Gold Coast where he has gained a reputation for providing exceptional quality dental care.