The advantage that 3D imaging holds over regular dental x-rays is that the bone structure, bone density, tissues and nerves can be viewed clearly. Kodak 3-D® scans can be completed in less than half a minute. This means that far less radiation enters the body than if a regular set of bitewing x-rays were taken. The main use for Kodak 3-D® scans is as an aid to plan dental implant treatment and other oral surgery.
How are Kodak 3-D® scans used?
Kodak 3-D ® scans are advantageous because they allow the dentist to magnify specific areas of the face. In addition, the dentist can easily view cross sectional “slices” of the jaw, which makes planning treatment easier and faster.
Here are some of the main ways in which Kodak 3-D® scans are used in dentistry:
Aides in diagnosing tooth abscesses and root fractures.
Assess the quality of the jawbone where the implant will be placed.
Determine where nerves are located.
Diagnose tumors and disease in the early stages.
Pinpoint the most effective placement for implants, including the angle of best fit.
Plan the complete surgical procedure in advance, from start to finish.
Precisely decide on the appropriate size and type of implants.
View exact orientation and position of each tooth and view any impacted teeth.
How are Kodak 3-D® scans performed?
Kodak 3-D® scans are quick and simple to perform. A Cone Beam Imaging System is at the heart of the Kodak 3-D® scanner. During the scan, the patient stands stationery. The cone beams are used to take literally hundreds of pictures of the face. These pictures are used to compile an exact 3D image of the inner mechanisms of the face and jaw. The dentist is able to zoom in on specific areas and view them from alternate angles.
If you have questions or concerns about Kodak 3-D® scans or 3D imaging, please contact our office.
What if I am not a Patient of Dr. Weisenfels but I need 3D Imaging?
No problem at all! Dr. Weisenfels offers affordable imaging to non-patients who have been referred to our office.