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Three Dimensional X-rays in Dentistry

Dental 3D cone beam technology is also known as computed tomography (CT). This is a specialized type of x-ray machine which is well utilized for circumstances requiring a clearer and deeper picture of a dental or facial condition. These x-rays have not been routinely used in the past because the radiation exposure is higher than traditional dental x-rays. However, having the opportunity to get a three dimensional image is a fantastic tool in certain cases.

3D Cone Beam X-rays

Dental cone beam x-rays allow inner views of dental structures including soft tissues, nerve paths, and craniofacial bone. In spite of radiation concerns, all of this is accomplished in one single scan, allowing for a fast route to a specific treatment plan. Among the benefits of 3D cone beam x-rays being able to offer a view your underlying bone and tissue structure is jawbone health. These x-rays are especially invaluable when a patient opts for dental implants, has a fracture in a dental root, requires an endodontic procedure, or needs a tooth extraction. Cone Beam x-rays can also help in identifying  temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD)

X-ray Protocol

Before an appointment to receive a three-dimensional x-ray, you should make sure you remove any metal objects (such as jewelry, eyeglasses, dentures, and hair accessories). You should also remove hearing aids and removable dental work. Even some bras containing metal underwires will need to be removed, as will piercings on any part of the body. Be sure to inform the x-ray technologist if you have a pacemaker any time before a CT scan. If you are pregnant (or think you could possibly be) x-rays are never a good idea. Of course, all of these questions will be asked, so try not to worry. Cone beam x-rays are as easy as 1-2-3D.

Visit your Katy, TX Dentist

Are you in need of any comprehensive dentistry services? Dr. Colin Lathrop is an experienced and widely respected family dentist serving patients in the 77494 area. Patients can contact Dr. Lathrop at 832-437-3849 to schedule an appointment or a consultation.